Bruce worships the Lord at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Carlingford in NSW and has been a Christian for over 40 years. He is currently the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Senior Manager working in the Asia-Pacific region with Howden, a global engineering business.
He has a wide and varied work experience in sales, manufacturing, construction, human resources, quality assurance, workplace health and safety, environment and sustainability. Coupled with this he has worked in international businesses such as Unilever, Ecolab, Associated British Foods, Weir Minerals and now Colfax (Howden), in diverse sectors such as food, fast moving consumer goods, industrial and commercial chemicals, heavy engineering and for a short time in energy efficiency.
He began his career as an analyst working for the NSW Government in the Department of Health and supplemented this with work as a teacher in Sydney Institute of Technology and as an occasional technical trainer to the NSW Police Force. Some of his most interesting work, however, was as a young forensic scientist, where science, in a very real way meets and intersects with the search for truth and justice. It is this “meeting” which continues to energise his passion for the relationship between science and Christianity.
His lifelong interest in CS Lewis has never waned, from the first reading of Mere Christianity till the present day. His first thesis on Lewis was titled “God, Science and Technology in the Writing of CS Lewis”.
Description: CS Lewis was one of the most influential apologists for Christianity in the twentieth century. His writings have been enormously influential within academia and with Christians of all ages. He remains a popular and cherished author within children’s literature through his Narnian Chronicles. Three of these have been made recently into Hollywood feature films. So Lewis remains of enduring importance as an author and spokesman for Christianity.
This paper will focus on his science fiction novels which are Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength. The settings of these novels take place primarily on the planets Mars, Venus and our own Earth respectively. These are collectively and popularly known as “The Cosmic Trilogy”. They were written and published in the period 1938 to 1945 and they follow the adventures of one Cambridge philologist known as Dr Elwin Ransom, or simply Ransom.
This paper will describe the different types of sacrifice in each of the stories and their role and purpose within each. The Cosmic Trilogy is a vehicle for Christian theology and there are definite instances of sacrifice throughout. The sacrifice of Jesus lies at the heart of our faith so an understanding of Lewis’s descriptions should lead us to a greater understanding of these novels. A greater emphasis will be placed on the qualitative aspects of sacrifice in Lewis’s second instalment, Perelandra, because it is the more difficult task to discern. It will then connect and relate the sacrifices in the three romances theologically and how each contributes to an understanding of the purpose of sacrifice. Lastly it will then go one step further and relate and unite the types of sacrifice astronomically. Specifically, it will answer the question “Why does sacrifice occur in The Cosmic Trilogy and what purpose does it have in outer space?”