For C. S. Lewis, creation originates as a gift: it brings God’s children to life and invites them to celebrate in its resplendence. But once sin disturbs the order of creation, the celebration becomes an adventure, fraught with danger.
In this talk, Philip Rolnick, professor of theology at St. Thomas, will explore how Lewis’s writings portray a cosmic struggle between disorder, danger, and death—and creation’s ongoing capacity for truth, goodness, and beauty. In this epic struggle, human actions have far-reaching effects, now and in eternity. But we are not left alone: God assists us with a new kind of gift, the gift of self-sacrificial love.