The birthdays of 20th Century fantasy writers C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle offer an occasion for considering the power of storytelling. Both Christians, these writers used Biblical themes and motifs to encourage readers to not only know goodness, but to love it.

John Stonestreet offers a thoughtful analysis of the importance of the story and the legacy of these two writers, which you can read here.

Classical education relies heavily on the power of stories (including those by Lewis and L’Engle) to move students to virtue and excellence. Classical education seeks to expose students to literature’s greatest heroes in hopes that students will strive to emulate them in the context of their personal, professional, and academic lives.