Category Archives: C.S. Lewis

Evening of Goodness, Truth, and Beauty at Trinitas Christian School

Dr. George Grant exhorted and encouraged us this evening to conquer the world. This remarkably titanic vision, he argued, is actually grounded in the prayer our Lord taught us: “Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” We … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Being Changed

In Perelandra, C.S. Lewis’s protagonist says of his friend Ransom, who has recently returned from another planet, “A Man who has been in another world does not come back unchanged.” If we think of the glory of heaven where Christ … Continue reading

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Christianity and…

Screwtape offers this salient diabolical advice: What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call “Christianity And.” You know–Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and … Continue reading

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Screwtape and Small Sins

In letter XII, Screwtape admonishes Wormwood that small sins matters: …The only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative … Continue reading

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Pleasure as God’s Invention

Screwtape articulates the fact that when the devil enters the realm of pleasure he is dealing with Enemy ground: Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in … Continue reading

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A Brief Theology of Satan and Resistance, Intro to Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

While C.S. Lewis’s interpretation of a demon writing letters of encouragement and rebuke to his nephew can be quite terrifying, the biblical reality is that the reality of Satan is even more terrifying. Satan was not only involved in the … Continue reading

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How Temptation Works

C.S. Lewis concludes his 1961 preface by describing how he developed these profound themes of sin and temptation in the Screwtape Letters: Some have paid me an undeserved compliment by supposing that my Letters were the ripe fruit of many years’ study … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on the Psalms

Lewis argues that the reason he first deals with Judgment in the Psalms is because his generation “was brought up to eat everything on the plate; and it was sound principle of nursery gastronomy to polish off the nasty things … Continue reading

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Everything is Allowed

A parishioner gave me a copy of Randy Alcorn’s collection of quotations about heaven, the new earth, and the life after death. The book is over 600 pages, and I can already imagine myself enjoying it for years to come. … Continue reading

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Postmillennialism is like…

…the ransacking of the Witch’s fortress in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The whole castle stood empty with every door and window open and the light and the sweet spring air flooding in to all the dark and … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Oneness

(Mere Christianity, 1943, p. 81): The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to … Continue reading

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This is Aslan’s Doing!

In C.S. Lewis’ chapter Aslan is Nearer, Lewis focuses on Edmund’s repentance. Edmund has now discovered that Turkish Delight was no delight and that the Queen is no beauty. On their journey to kill the humans–Edmund’s siblings–Edmund begins to see … Continue reading

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The Eyes of Treason

Mr. Beaver identifies treason in Edmund: “Then mark my words,” said Mr. Beaver, “he has already met the White Witch and joined her side, and been told where she lives. I didn’t like to mention it before (he being your … Continue reading

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Is He Safe?

I have arrived at a well-known passage in C.S. Lewis Chronicles. In the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe the Sons of Adam and Eve are seeking for a solution to rescue the lovely Mr. Tumnus. The Beaver quickly shatters … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis and Food

The food theme is not as prevalent in Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia as they are in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I have chronicled a bit of the delicious appetite of Tolkien for food here. Yet, as I make my … Continue reading

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Laugh and Fear Not

In the Magician’s Nephew, Lewis describes Aslan’s reaction to Narnia’s first joke: Laugh and fear not, creatures. Now that you are no longer dumb and witless, you need not always be grave. For jokes as well as justice come in … Continue reading

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Quarreling, Machen’s Warrior Children, Reformed & CREC

C.S. Lewis argues that quarreling demands a certain a priori knowledge of right and wrong. Quarreling also demands a certain knowledge of the quarreler. I follow–as I have for almost ten years–the Reformed wars. I follow these wars as someone … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on Hell

I spoke just now of fiddling while Rome burns. But to a Christian the true tragedy of Nero must be not that he fiddled while the city was on fire but that he fiddled on the brink of hell. You … Continue reading

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The Imagination of C.S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis on Friendship

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of the things that gives value to survival. – C. S. Lewis Update: I asked Steve Wilkins what his thoughts were on Lewis’ quote, since … Continue reading

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Narnia Mis-Applied?

Has Hollywood been faithful to C.S. Lewis’ vision for Narnia? Stephen Boyer writes a comprehensive critique of Hollywood’s mis-characterization of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books. The article is worth every minute. Boyer concludes: Aslan, without his appallingly hierarchical claws, is just another pussycat. … Continue reading

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Lewis and Tolkien

On the frequent spats and insults that peppered Lewis’s friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Bottum quotes and concludes: “No harm in him,” Lewis wrote after one discussion with his friend, “only needs a smack or so.” One could say the … Continue reading

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From the archive: Mental Illiteracy…

Editor’s Note: This post first published in July 2004. Is it just my experience or is society consumed with mental illiteracy? Either they can’t conjure up harmonious thoughts or cannot think harmoniously. If you are like me, after a few … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Part XVII, Lewis on true faith

This is my final post in my series on C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity ( All 17  posts on Mere Christianity are found here). I have tried to point some salient features in this timeless classic. I believe I have been … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Part XVI, Lewis on Faith

In these last chapters of Lewis’ Mere Christianity, there are two discussions on faith. According to Lewis: Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. 1 Lewis does not … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Part XV, Lewis speaks on symbolism

C.S. Lewis would have been appalled by modern contemplations of heaven found in Christian bookstores. Some see John’s measure in the end of Revelation[1], and assume that the author is interested in conveying an exact dimension. Liberals on the other … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Analysis and Application Part XIV, Lewis on false hope

Let us return to the Basics of the Christian Faith. The Psalmist teaches us that the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him and hope in His steadfast love.[1] Yet this clear reality is overshadowed by our … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Analysis and Application Part XIII, Lewis and Charity

Lewis’ discussion on charity is captivating and simple. It is in essence the summary of the law. Love is that great attribute of God that spurs us to love others and to obey God. This point is worth stressing. Love … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Analysis and Application Part XII, Lewis on Pride

Jack and Joy St. Augustine wrote in the fourth century that the first thing that overcame man would be the last thing he will overcome. Augustine referred here to pride. Pride is that infelicitous malady that at the moment we … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Analysis and Application Part XI, Lewis and War

Little Jack   Pacifism from its very foundation is immoral. It must be noted that of the countries liberated in World War II by the American and British troops (such as Poland and other European nations) are largely pacifists of … Continue reading

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