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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), a British author

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Why didn't C.S. Lewis convert to Catholicism?

This might seem like a weird question if you're a Protestant and really like C.S. Lewis. But as a Catholic, I don't see him as ever espousing particularly non-Catholic positions, and he is very well ...
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Does “Mere Christianity” represent the core of Christian belief?

I just finished reading C. S. Lewis in A Time of War by Justin Phillips. It seems Lewis went to great lengths to ensure that everything he said in his BBC talks that became Mere Christianity was ...
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What does CS Lewis mean by True Myth?

I've heard the phrase and even used it before, in potentially dangerous and unintelligent ways. But what did CS Lewis mean when he came to the realization that Christianity was not just Myth, but ...
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Was C. S. Lewis a “muscular” Christian?

Muscular Christianity is a movement, originating in nineteenth-century Britain, associated with promoting physical health, athleticism, and active evangelism. Many critics say that C. S. Lewis, ...
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Christian significance of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis putting “heaven” across the sea?

It is interesting that both of the most prominent Christian fantasy authors (not as in "Christian Fantasy" but Christians who wrote fantasy) put paradise across the sea. I realize that Tolkien's ...
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Which theory of the atonement did C. S. Lewis hold?

In C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (spoiler alert), the White Witch, the personification of the devil, says some interesting things: You at least know the Magic which the ...
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C.S. Lewis's petitionary prayer paradox

The problem I am submitting to you arises not about prayer in general but only about that kind of prayer which consists of request or petition.... I have no answer to my problem, though I have taken ...
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Where is this C.S. Lewis quote from?

Talking to a friend, he wrote: In the words (approximate) of C.S. Lewis, "Everytime a man sleeps with a woman, it creates a bit more of a spiritual connection that must be either eternally enjoyed ...
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What was C.S. Lewis referring to in The Weight of Glory?

I was searching for another, unrelated quote, but I came across this one, and a particular statement intrigued me. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us ...
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Reading “Mere Christianity” and having a hard time with book III, chapter 12

I am reading "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis and just finished Chapter 12 in the 3rd section. In this chapter he is discussing the idea that we need to realize we cannot fight sin ourselves, but we ...
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Is there Biblical support for the concept that 'Whenever a man lies with a woman…a transcendental relation is set up between them'?

Inspired by an earlier question, I'm not disagreeing with the opinion of C.S. Lewis, but I'm unable to think of any direct biblical support for it. What is the Biblical basis for Lewis's quote? ...
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In CS Lewis's 'Transposition' essay, what does he mean, in the last sentence, by 'meaning'?

"a meaning, a transvaluation"... Meaning as in 'meaning of life' sort of meaning...like 'purpose' or 'reason'... Or 'meaning' as in, as he was talking about previously, the sort of 'new ...
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How do Arminians reconcile free will with God's omnipotence logically?

I just finished reading Mere Christianity and was blown away by some of the statements Lewis makes. He mentions "even [God] cannot produce [a changed heart] by a mere act of power...It is something ...
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Who said that the mere sight of devils was one of the greatest torments of hell?

In Perelandra, chapter 9, C. S. Lewis writes: In certain old philosophers and poets he had read that the mere sight of the devils was one of the greatest among the torments of Hell. Elsewhere in ...
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How to interpret C.S. Lewis's use of magic by good moral agents in the Chronicles of Narnia to be acceptable to earth Christians?

C.S. Lewis knew exactly what he was doing when he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, as many theses, dissertations, and books have shown. He purposefully fused elements from European mythology (like ...
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How does C. S. Lewis define the “natural” and “supernatural” in his book Miracles?

In the second chapter of Miracles, C. S. Lewis sets out to define the terms "natural" and "supernatural" as well as the term "sub-natural". I'm interested in help drawing out what Lewis is saying in ...
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CS Lewis said time continues in Heaven…Peter Kreeft says that is exists more as a 'point'…which is right? [closed]

In Letters to Malcolm, CS Lewis says, as we are finite, so time will always exist as progression with the past falling away behind us. Peter Kreeft seems to follow Lewis on most views and yet seems to ...
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What did C. S. Lewis base his idea of sehnsucht/joy on?

C. S. Lewis' idea of sehnsucht is that we sense that there is some ineffable object to our desires and that this proves that there is something beyond this world and life (for it makes the enjoyment ...
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Where does C. S. Lewis teach that a virtuous attitude can be developed by acting virtuously?

I recall reading something by C. S. Lewis some time ago in which he recommends that a person who wants to develop a virtuous, right attitude in some area of life should begin acting virtuously in that ...
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Mere Christianity Book IV Chapter 9 (“Counting the cost”) : George MacDonald References

In C.S. Lewis's book Mere Christianity, Book Four, Chapter 9 ("Counting the cost") there are 2 illustrations that C.S. Lewis borrowed from George MacDonald. The first: And yet—this is the ...
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Need help remembering CS Lewis Quote about Joy and Chemical Reactions

I know that there is a line by CS Lewis where he is talking about secular atheists have to try to forget their philosophy in order to find joy in life. The line goes something like... "But insofar ...
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Did CS Lewis see 'pleasure' as being the purpose of our existence?

In 'The Great Divorce' a character asks, destraught, why she was born and a spirit replies, "for infinite joy!" Is that what CS Lewis thought the meaning of life was? Ultimate joy? Is there any other ...
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Where does calling Heaven “My True Country” come from?

I was reading C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity yesterday; in the chapter on Hope, Lewis refers to Heaven and his "True Country". Perhaps it's a coincidence, but there's a Newsboys song with that as a ...
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What author gave this illustration of truth via a backyard fence?

Long ago I was told a story, which is now probably corrupted in my mind, that makes a good illustration of the relationship between rules and freedom in Christianity. It goes something like this: a ...
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C.S. Lewis and Transposition

Is anyone aware of a precedent of C.S. Lewis' Transposition in Christian thought (Transposition is an essay found in The Weight of Glory that describes how richer content can be described in a less ...
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C.S. Lewis Reference: True Myths

DJClayworth answered a question about the meaning of C.S. Lewis description of Christianity as a "true myth." What Lewis text uses the "true myth" terminology?
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According to Protestantism, why are fallen angels motivated to attack Christians?

During Bible study of Hebrews and 1 Corinthians I became aware how: When we believers enter our glory we will be given authority over the angels like how Jesus currently IS already, although our ...
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Identifying a source for this C.S. Lewis quote “This also is Thou: neither is this Thou”

In C.S. Lewis's Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer Letter 14 about different ways of conceptualizing God's presence among His creation, balancing between complete otherness and Pantheism. The ...
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Looking for source for quote from Christian author

Some years ago I read in a book about Christianity an attempt to explain the apparent paradox between predestination and free will. I have forgotten the name of the book and its author (it could be C....
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Does anyone know where CS Lewis said (or maybe implied) the following…?

"Several times, then, Lewis suggests that heaven will be a place where thinking and experiencing come together. On earth we think about what love is; in heaven Love is a Person we can experience. On ...
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How widely accepted is platonism in Christianity? [closed]

How widely is it thought everything in 'this World' reflects a greater reality where those things are perfect (in God)? That we might reach this perfection via beatification? And how widely might we ...
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Where does Augustine say that the rapture of the saved soul will “flow over” into the glorified body?

In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis writes: What would it be to taste at the fountainhead that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? Yet that, I believe, is what lies ...
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An example of C.S. Lewis’s claim of the pitfalls of pity

In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis says Even a good emotion, pity, if not controlled by charity and justice, leads through anger to cruelty. Most atrocities are stimulated by accounts of the enemy’...
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What's the meaning of this quote by C. S. Lewis, regarding the heart and head?

C. S. Lewis wrote: The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it. According to this, should we follow the heart or head?
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What does Lewis mean by the things that stifle bitter resentment in elders in A Grief Observed

In A Grief Observed on page 7 Lewis writes: Our elders submitted and said, 'Thy will be done.' How often had bitter resentment been stifled through sheer terror and an act of love — yes, in every ...
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Is this about 'sehnsucht'; in which case, can God be Pleasure manifest or is he a being who is full of pleasure?

"I have tried since . . . to make every pleasure into a channel of adoration. I don’t mean simply by giving thanks for it. One must of course give thanks, but I meant something different . . . ...
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Mere Christianity Book I Chapters 1 and 2: How would Lewis explain morality being inherently known but also taught?

I recently started reading Mere Christianity, and I am trying to figure out Lewis's view on whether morality is taught or is something that every person knows by nature. He seems to claim both views, ...
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Isn't CS Lewis's idea that time is still successive in Heaven frustrating? [closed]

C.S. Lewis: If that [to travel hopefully is better than to arrive] were true, and known to be true, how could anyone travel hopefully? There would be nothing to hope for. Am I missing ...
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CS Lewis said time would probably continue in Heaven…But how?

(See 'Letters To Malcolm') CS lewis said, because mankind is by definition finite, that we shall always be in a situation of successive time, with the present becoming past. In 'The Problem Of Pain' ...
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Mere Christianity Chapter 7 (“Let's Pretend”) Book IV: Reference to Story of Mask

In Mere Christianity Chapter 7 ("Let's Pretend") Book IV, Lewis writes that there is a story about someone who had to wear a mask; a mask which made him look much nicer than he really was. ...
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C. S. Lewis' description of heaven and hell contrasted with Catholicism

I was going through The Great Divorce by C S Lewis and was wondering how much in line with Scripture his descriptions of heaven and hell are. I've heard very different descriptions coming from saints ...
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Identifying a source for this C S Lewis quote (reflecting St Augustine and St Paul)

There is a C. S. Lewis quote from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that resembles a famous quote by St Augustine. Here is St. Augustine: The very thing which is now called the Christian ...
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What did CS Lewis think didn't reflect God?

Lewis followed Plato's notion of the Forms. He believed everything on Earth reflected the all-perfect, all-joyous God. Or did he? I asked a Christian recently if he thought CS Lewis thought 'all' (...
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Why is C. S. Lewis so often recommended by Catholic websites?

Here is the latest of many, many firmly Catholic websites highly recommending C. S. Lewis books more than Catholic classics! I saw this today under the heading "Spiritual Classics"(specific ...
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What did CS Lewis mean by 'art'? [closed]

In the Transposition, when CS Lewis talks of the negations of what will be in heaven in their temporal form, when he said 'art' did he mean art as in 'painting' or books, music, sculpture, etc. ......
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HOW good will our joy be when we reach the ressurection? Infinite, transfinite or finite?

CS Lewis keeps calling the joy of the ressurection 'infinite joy'. I brought this up on a site (like this one) and someone replied that he probably meant it as a huge amount of joy...but not infinite ...