Narnia and the Fields of Arbol
The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis
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"This is an insightful and timely study of a significant but relatively neglected aspect of C. S. Lewis's fiction.—Sanford Schwartz, author of The Matrix of Modernism: Pound, Eliot, and Early Twentieth Century Thought"
"Narnia and the Fields of Arbol is a splendid book. Insightful and well-written, based on a close and careful reading of Lewis' fantasy literature, this volume clearly illustrates, as the subtitle puts it, the environmental vision of C.S. Lewis. It also demonstrates how authentic Christian faith is an ally, not an enemy, of creation care. — Steven Bouma-Prediger, author of For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care"
"Dickerson and O'Hara demonstrate convincingly that environmental themes play a much larger role in Lewis's thought than has so far been recognized. And they show that Lewis's "environmental vision" — especially as expressed in his fiction — can contribute to our current conversation more than today's environmentalists have suspected. This is a fine addition to Lewis studies that also enriches our understanding of how to care for our world. — Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian: the Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis"
"Dickerson and O'Hara demonstrate how one man, well before the fad, established his own code of ethics "in which nature is enchanted by something that transcends nature and provides a transcendent morality, in which exploiting the earth, the water, or our fellow creatures is not merely inconvenient but morally wrong." Recommended for all libraries.—Charles C. Nash, Library Journal"
"We happily suggest the brand new Matthew Dickerson and David L. O-Hara [book] for your consideration.—HOT001"
"Narnia and the Fields of Arbol shows that Lewis's writings . . . can lead the way for both Christian and secular environmentalists.—Ryder W. Miller, Rain Taxi"
"Shows the horror, environmental and moral, or separating the human from nature."—Choice
"The book defends "a certain Christian view of ecology." This defense is for ecologically disengaged Christians fond of Lewis and for non-Christians who care about ecology but blame Christianity for our environmental problems."—The Review of Politics
"Their book nicely balances the environmental vision of C.S. Lewis, including over thirty of his writings in the discussion, with their ongoing discussion of the role of stories to impress moral and spiritual values to readers and listeners."—Mythlore
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