Jonathan Edward's Personal narrative and C. S. Lewis's Surprised by joy : Christian spiritual autobiographies examined : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Authors
Fager, Elizabeth L.
Advisor
Bove, Cheryl Browning, 1944-
Issue Date
1999
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Degree
Thesis (B.?.)
Department
Honors College
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Abstract

Jonathan Edwards was an 18th century American Puritan pastor, and he wrote a spiritual autobiography in essay form titled "Personal Narrative." C. S. Lewis was a 20th century British scholar and author, and his spiritual autobiography is a book, Surprised by Joy. Though these two men converted to Christianity in different ways and though they belonged to different denominations, their autobiographies and their lives still have remarkable similarities. In their works, both men emphasized that God drew them to Himself and that they did not find Him on their own. Also, both men were staunchly opposed to the prevailing-world views of the societies they lived in. I also have written my own spiritual autobiography to examine the process of my relationship with God and to more fully understand the genre of the spiritual autobiography.