New Humanists

C.S. Lewis on Old Books | Episode XIV

January 01, 2022 Ancient Language Institute Episode 14
New Humanists
C.S. Lewis on Old Books | Episode XIV
Show Notes

At the same time that he was delivering the Mere Christianity radio addresses to a war-torn England, C.S. Lewis penned a now-famous preface to an edition of On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius. In this short preface, Lewis makes a memorable defense of reading old books, while also revealing some of his thoughts behind the concept of “mere Christianity.”

C.S. Lewis’ “On the Reading of Old Books” (free):

Athanasius’ On the Incarnation with C.S. Lewis’ preface (Greek-English):

C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity:

Michael Ward’s After Humanity:

Plato’s The Last Days of Socrates:

A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad XL:

C.S. Lewis’ The Pilgrim’s Regress:

Alan Jacobs’ The Year of Our Lord 1943:

Learn to read Xenophon and Athanasius in Greek with the Ancient Language Institute:

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