Monthly Archives: May 2017

Chosen for the Unchosen

The Old Testament speaks of a “chosen people.” It’s a label that sounds exclusive, and our modern minds find it abrasive. “Democrats by birth and education,” Lewis says in Miracles, “we should prefer to think that all nations and individuals start level in the search for God, or even that …

June 22, 2018 4:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Reading Children’s Stories

In continuing our group of entries on reading, you might assume–and correctly–that Lewis has something to say about stories for children, especially given the Narnia series and secondarily (I think) the space trilogy. In Of Other Worlds, he gives us three ways of writing for children in an essay aptly titled, “On …

June 18, 2018 2:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Reading Expands Us

In An Experiment in Criticism Lewis says this: “Each of us by nature sees the whole world from one point of view with a perspective and a selectiveness peculiar to himself.” Reading well helps us to step outside our own naveled gaze and into a different point of view. “We want to see …

May 31, 2018 7:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A Reading Life

Lewis has a good deal to say about reading. We might think he provides advice on reading high-minded books, ones that perhaps Oxford dons leisurely read and the rest of the population labor to enjoy, let alone comprehend. It isn’t true. While Lewis was a ferocious reader ever since his …

May 11, 2018 6:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What Are You Eating?

Edmund is tempted by sweet treats in the Narnia tales. The temptation, though childish, lures him into evil. This idea of gratification of appetite is poignant. Wormwood in “The Screwtape Letters” says that humans are “primarily food” to Satan, “the absorption of its [the human] will into ours, the increase …

April 30, 2018 3:38 pm Published by

Lewis and the Bible: New and Old Testaments

We know C.S. Lewis has a high opinion of the Bible. What is less cited are specific references that Lewis calls out in poetic and theological language, through his stories, his essays, and most certainly his letters. In a series of entries simply titled “Lewis and the Bible”, I hope …

April 16, 2018 11:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Resurrection and Reversal

Resurrection is a subject that is central to the Christian narrative. Lewis addresses the idea of resurrection in his stories (Aslan and Eustace come to mind, for example), in his theological works, and in his letters. Here, I want to point out several occasions where Lewis discusses resurrection with hopes …

March 30, 2018 2:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

All Shall Be Well

In a letter to his good friend Owen Barfield, dated June 2, 1940, Lewis invokes Julian of Norwich (1342-1416). Julian is a Christian mystic known for her 16 visions that she recorded in Revelations of Divine Love. From Norfolk, England, she is credited with the first book written by a woman in …

March 16, 2018 12:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Difference Between Two Kinds of Nearness

In the beginning paragraphs of The Four Loves, Lewis provides a good distinction between nearness by likeness and nearness by approach when it comes to our relationship with God. On the one hand, we are near to God because we are all made in his image. He gives us life and our …

February 26, 2018 3:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Point of View for Lent

As many of you certainly know, Lent is the 40-day pilgrimage that Christians take every year as they look to Easter. Last week it was introduced by the solemn reminder that we are dust (and to dust we will return) on Ash Wednesday. Our breath and being are animated by …

February 19, 2018 5:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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