Jerry Root

  • Jerry was born and raised in Southern California. He grew up in a Christian family but did not become a Christian until his freshman year at Whittier College. He was deeply influenced by the ministries of Campus Crusade for Christ and Granada Heights Friends Church in La Mirada, California. Jerry’s sister Kathy introduced him to the writings of C. S. Lewis while he was still an undergraduate. Upon graduation from college he selected Lewis as an author who would take him to other authors and has made of him a life study. The concept that graduation from college is “Commencement” has meant that only a foundation for learning is established through formal education after which one commences his/her liberal arts education.

    He pastored three different churches over twenty-three years. Nineteen of those years were invested in student ministry, and for four years he served as a senior pastor. While pastoring he taught courses in Philosophy and on C. S. Lewis for ten years at the College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He has served on the Adjunct Faculty at Biola University since 1991, teaching courses on Lewis. He has been teaching at Wheaton College full time since 1996.

    Jerry has lectured or preached in 14 countries: Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Mexico, Romania, Slovakia, Sudan, Switzerland, Uganda, Ukraine. He has also lectured or preached in 19 States: California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin. Jerry has traveled to 31 countries and 3 continents.

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    Jerry Root :: What was C.S. Lewis’s definition of joy?
    Joy is a “deep longing that is embedded in each of us, and it’s questing for its proper object,” according to Dr. Jerry Root, a renowned C.S. Lewis scholar and Professor at Wheaton College. It’s one of the predominate themes in C.S. Lewis’s writings. That deep desire is expressed in various ways in our lives. Lewis wrote deliberately about joy and ultimately what it points us toward.
    On C.S. Lewis’s Use of Story and Narrative
    Lewis thought that choosing between reason and imagination was like asking which wing on an airplane is more important. It takes both to fly. Lewis was a lover of stories and that is seen throughout his work. According to Dr. Jerry Root, Lewis provided a balance between modern and post-modern thinking. His great power in depiction was the ability to get to the core of an argument or concept and then to tell a story that allows the audience to connect to it.
    Why has C.S. Lewis had such an enduring legacy?
    “Lewis is my beetle,” Dr. Jerry Root says, “If nobody was interested in Lewis, I’d still be fascinated.” It may be impossible to nail down the exact reason why Lewis’s works have such a wide-range and timeless appeal. Perhaps it’s his ability to write with honesty and humility. Maybe it’s his use of story or his depth of knowledge. It may be that Lewis was the right man at the right time.

    More Jerry Root Videos

    Did C.S. Lewis lose his faith after the death of his wife?
    Did the writings of Irenaeus influence C.S. Lewis’s book ‘Perelandra’?
    How did C.S. Lewis become a Christian? (was it really on a motorcycle ride?)
    How does C.S. Lewis account for natural disasters and suffering?
    What causes pride?
    What is worship? (in brief)
    What was C.S. Lewis’s view on education?
    What was C.S. Lewis’s favorite book?
    What was the cause of Satan’s pride?
    Why are you so fascinated by C.S. Lewis?
    Why has C.S. Lewis had such an enduring legacy?
    Why do we sometimes feel distant from God?

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