By Wesley A. Kort
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) used to be a distinctive pupil of medieval and Renaissance literature who taught at either Oxford college and Cambridge collage. After his conversion to Christianity, Lewis started writing Christian apologetic works aimed toward a well-liked viewers. it truly is for those works that Lewis is now most sensible remembered; specially within the united states, the place his books have bought within the thousands and stay well known at the present time. probably due to this recognition, despite the fact that, Lewis's Christian writings are normally brushed off by way of theologians as oversimplified and conceptually incorrect. With this ebook, Wesley A. Kort hopes to rehabilitate Lewis and to illustrate the worth and carrying on with relevance of his paintings. Kort not just retrieves Lewis from the now-dated context of his writings, but additionally wrests him from the palms of evangelicals who've grew to become his note into gospel and unsuitable his assaults on modernity for a retreat from the realm. Kort addresses and refutes universal prejudices approximately Lewis and exhibits that, even if Lewis used to be sharply severe of the materialism and narcissism of contemporary tradition, he however insisted that simply via tradition can Christian teachings successfully form ethical personality. Lewis's hope for a fruitful, interactive dating among Christianity and tradition sharply distinguishes him from neo-orthodox theology and lots of modern Christian rejections of tradition.
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Together they constitute a formidable, well-entrenched opposition to the viability of Christian belief. Lewis takes on each of them. Lewis responds to the first objection not by trying to dispel it but rather by reducing its size. He implies that the problem cannot fully be solved because that would deny mystery and unpredictability to God. 33 He goes on to question what it means that God is powerful and that God is good, arguing that God’s power is not without intrinsic limits and that God’s goodness is not without harshness.
In both The Screwtape Letters and the temptation scene in Perelandra, Lewis improvises on Milton’s Satan. Without the scientific knowledge of Weston and the entrepreneurial sponsorship of Devine, Ransom would not have undergone the process of correction and sanctiﬁcation that results in his ultimately redemptive role. The journeys to other planets are implicitly affirmed, and Weston deserves the primary credit for them. A physicist will be able to recognize that something beyond the human is primary to and in some respects more important than the human.
Because the radical separation of religious belief from human culture is, for Lewis, a fundamental error, any theological construction built on it is basically ﬂawed as well. Lewis follows neither of these well-worn paths. He does not diminish the value of rationality, and he does not believe that the description of modern culture as a “Waste Land”and of modern people as “hollow”provides a base for theological construction. He afﬁrms rationality, proposes its exercise within a healthier cultural context, and points to the necessary relation between the cultural reenchantment of the world and the prospects of religious faith.