I Call You Friends Course Description and Video


(Literature) A Study of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, “I Call you Friends”
Total classes: 8
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: ½ semester Literature
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: Two of the greatest Christian writers of the 20th century were also close friends - C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien - a friendship that awakened Lewis to the Faith, but that also may have faltered because of the demands of the Faith.  We examine the relationship of these two men, the ups and downs of their friendship, and how they influenced one another’s writings.
Course materialsSurprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis, Tolkien - Man and Myth by Joseph Pearce are suggested readings, but all required material will be brief selections from works and letters of the two authors, and will be provided by the instructor in class or as PDFs.  
Homework: Completing the assigned reading for each class; taking short quizzes and writing reflections on the material.  Grading guidelines provided; Instructor Access available.