Problem of Pain

Divine Refining

  • Jul 30, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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In The Problem of Pain, Lewis writes “Christianity is not the conclusion of a philosophical debate on the origins of the universe… It is not a system into which we have to fit the awkward fact of pain: it is itself one of the awkward facts which have to be fitted into …

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Grace Outlasts Pain

  • May 17, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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The eternal cause of pain is not clear; it wears a mask. But because God is good, we have hope of a ‘good’ eternal cause to our temporal conflicts. The Apostle Paul writes that we should not mourn like those that have no hope. Lewis says that this command must …

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Hell

  • Oct 21, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lewis is not shy about the afterlife and the intertwining of the spiritual with the material. Counter to the cyclical trend of finding ways for hell to either not exist or at least not be used for eternal damnation of humans, Lewis says something different: “I believe that if million chances were …

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You Will Be Missed

  • Aug 01, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lewis talks quite a bit about suffering and loss. His earlier, more theologically driven The Problem of Pain and the wanderings of A Grief Observed, as he wrestles with the loss of his wife, each explore the gut of the faithful follower of Jesus, as do other works. Everyone suffers, but …

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Creation's Weak Point

  • Feb 25, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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What’s your story? Does it begin in a garden, move to desolation, find itself in redemption, and get caught in the great hope of Heaven? That’s the Christian story. The reading for February 24 in A Year with C. S. Lewis touches on the first two parts of the story.

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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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The Problem of Pain

  • Feb 26, 2010
  • Zach Kincaid
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C.S. Lewis puts his wages on a God who holds goodness and pain in a paradox. The Problem of Pain demonstrates a more distant, less emotional reaction to humanity’s situation, while A Grief Observed reads like a psalm of lament from within pain itself. The two texts compliment one another …

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The Reality of Pain

  • Feb 18, 2010
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lent opens this week and it’s a reminder of suffering and pilgrimage. C. S. Lewis wrote two books on pain, The Problem of Pain in 1940 and A Grief Observed in 1961. In The Problem of Pain Lewis says, like Chekhov, there is “so much mercy, yet still there is …

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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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Lewis the Lover

  • May 25, 2008
  • Diana Glyer
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By now, the flak over The Golden Compass and the fuss over Philip Pullman’s disgust for the Narnia books have pretty much blown over. People expressed surprise and dismay. Some attended the film, and others stayed home and did something they liked better. As for Pullman, he made his position …

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