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Lewis, Liar, or Lunatic

It always frustrates me when I come across people who have an interest in C.S. Lewis or theology but possess no discernible faith, who share none of the same joys in reading Christian books, and who respond with confusion and manifest ignorance whenever one tries to speak of the theological themes in them. It frustrates me all the more when they are professors of theology (or, more commonly, "comparative religion," and who themselves can best be described as comparatively religious) or editors of journals whose main interest is Christian thinkers. These are the people who accuse one of giving "highly spiritualized" (may the devil take the word) interpretations of books by authors who, in all probability, invested more theological meaning into them than one can ever hope to draw out.

I miss the days when Christians were simply fed to the lions. What I cannot tolerate is the lions' sitting in somber judgment over the Christians' book clubs and periodicals.

So let me say this just once: Lewis was the most thoroughly Christian man that has been seen in the world in last few hundred years. Let us therefore have no more patronizing nonsense about occasional "spiritual" symbols in his works, or about his being a great intellectual in spite of his regrettable belief in the supernatural, or about his true value being how well he expressed himself. The supernatural, as it is called, is at the very center of Lewis' life. You can spit at him and call him a fool, or you can lock him up like a lunatic, or you can call him a prophet and let him lead you to his Lord and Master. But no more of this calling him a mere writer of children's books and wise anecdotes. He did not leave that option open to us. He did not intend to.

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ebric
Jul. 12th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Be vigilant, and keep in contact with people who have not cease to believe, and I'm sure you'll do fine. I hope you find tolerant tutors.

May I recommend St. Andrew's Church on Linton Road and (although I'm sure you won't need the recommendation) the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, which meets on Tuesday(?) nights at Pusey House on Giles?
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ebric
Jul. 13th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
If you'd be so kind, and if you remember, tell Walter Hooper that I wish him all health and happiness.
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