MBU Professor Presents Research on C.S. Lewis’ Famed Argument from Desire

Dr. Keith Beutler, professor of history at Missouri Baptist University, recently presented research supporting C.S. Lewis’ Argument from Desire at the Conference on Faith and History at Pepperdine University.

The Argument from Desire, which is presented throughout several of Lewis’ books, claims that creatures do not naturally desire things that do not exist. While other theologians and philosophers have further studied the Argument from Desire, Beutler approaches the topic from a new angle – history.
The paper and presentation features works and sayings from famous thinkers across disciplines throughout the years including Jean Paul Sartre (atheist), Aeschylus (author from 5th century B.C.), Confucius (philosopher from East Asia). Tchaikovsky (Composer), Gerald Brommer (art historian) and the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Beutler plans on continuing his research after publishing his upcoming book, “George Washington’s Hair: How Early Americans Remembered the Founders” through University of Virginia Press.