Spotlight from Chronologically Lewis

Saturday, October 6, 1962. Jack receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Dijon, Dijon, France, in absentia, as presented by Professor Henri Antoine Talon, professor of English language and literature, of the Faculty of Humanities and supported by the Rector Marcel Bouchard. The honor is conferred during a ceremony at the opening of the University of Burgundy as the Rector celebrates the return of the faculties. The ceremony also confers honorary degrees on people who have been distinguished by their talents and their work in the science and the humanities. Jack had reviewed a book on poetry by a professor from Dijon in August 1940.

Beyond Words Radio just uploaded a recent interview between Dr. William Campbell and me about the book on Lewis' conversion, which I wrote under the title "From Atheism to Christianity." Access that podcast here:

If you wish to read some of my work, especially articles on C. S. Lewis, check out this link: <a href="">Joel Heck on ResearchGate</a>.

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"Chronologically Lewis is one of the best sources for fact checking dates and events in the life of C. S. Lewis. Joel Heck has provided the world of Lewis scholarship and enthusiasts a valuable resource." Professor Jerry Root, Wheaton College

"Heck has given Lewis scholars an incalculable gift with 'Chronologically Lewis.' What was once a 100,000 piece puzzle of trying to piece together the details of C. S. Lewis's life story is now a much more manageable 1,000 piece puzzle. It's really a brilliant aid."  Dr. Adam Barkman, Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Chair of the Philosophy Department, Redeemer University College (Canada) 

The following audio clip comes from Stella Aldwinckle, founder of the Oxford Socratic Club, who addressed the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society on January 24, 1984, under the title "Memories of the Socratic Club." The Socratic Digest is now available at Used with permission of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society and editors of a collection of essays and memoirs from the society (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Stella Aldwinckle - Socratic Digest 24-01-84.mp3

Diaries: If you know of any published or unpublished diaries of people who knew C. S. Lewis, please contact me via email at "Chronologically Lewis" continues to grow, but there is a limit to what I can add to that resource. Most of the major resources have been read for new information. There are probably a lot of references by undergraduates to studying with Lewis, most of them unpublished.

Clive Staples Lewis, photo by Walter Stoneman (Edinburgh, March 2, 1956)

© National Portrait Gallery, London.

Some Biographical Information

Dr. Joel Heck, Professor of Theology at Concordia University Texas, Austin, Texas, is the author or editor of fourteen books, four of them on C. S. Lewis, including reprints of the Socratic Digest and The Personal Heresy as well as his recently released book mentioned elsewhere on this page. He and his wife Cheryl have three grown children and three grandchildren.