great divorce

There is No Safe Investment

  • Jun 29, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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When we follow Jesus we abandon our societal sense of safety and self-protection. As we run toward him our affections change and we become “imitators” of God, as our reading today from Ephesians states. Right? 

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Death, Where is Your Sting?

  • May 28, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lewis seems to talk a lot about pain and loss. As you know, he has two books clearly on the subject, The Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed. We may throw in The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters if we widen the thought of explaining pain with the reality …

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A Lack of Intellectual Life

  • Sep 17, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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I reread The Great Divorce recently for another project and I was struck again by the richness of true life beyond our own. As you know, Lewis makes Heaven’s eternal space clear and expansive as opposed to the chosen hells found through small openings underfoot. So, here’s a question –

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Imagination Leading to Faith

  • May 30, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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If you read Lewis, the idea of imagination leading to faith is richly woven into nearly all his work. He certainly imagines Heaven in The Great Divorce and hellish battles in Screwtape Letters. The idea of holding at bay all you know in order to believe afresh, could be, in …

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The Quality of Heaven

  • Nov 21, 2011
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Here’s a question for you from The Great Divorce. Later in the story, George MacDonald meets up with the narrator and becomes the guide into Heave. He says that, “all that are in hell, choose it.” Do you agree with that? Further, he defines two different people, “those who say to …

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The Grey Town Community

  • Oct 23, 2011
  • Zach Kincaid
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Back to another question about The Great Divorce. It’s disturbing to me that technology has in one breath connected us and alienated our need for one another, at least that’s what it seems at a first glance (and, yes, there’s irony in placing this on a blog). As the passengers …

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Heaven and Hell as Idea and Image in C. S. Lewis

  • May 07, 2010
  • Peter J. Schakel
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C. S. Lewis was deeply interested in heaven. In his nonfiction prose he frequently discussed the nature of heaven (and, less frequently, the nature of hell) and explained how to take part in it. In his works of fiction he created several striking descriptions of what heaven (and, in less …

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New Starts: Looking at the World Rightly

  • Oct 23, 2009
  • Devin Brown
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Near the end of chapter seven of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the narrator steps in to tell us about the change that has occurred in the formerly obnoxious Eustace. It would be nice, and fairly nearly true, to say that “from that time forth Eustace was a different …

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How C. S. Lewis Expands Our View of God

  • Sep 21, 2008
  • Peter J. Schakel
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Peter Schakel’s new book, Is Your Lord Large Enough? How C. S. Lewis Expands Our View of God (InterVarsity Press, 2008), is about image. “We can know people only through mental images,” he says in the opening pages. Is this more true about a God who we haven’t seen than …

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