Lewis was an Irish author and scholar, born into a Protestant family in Belfast, though mostly resident in England. He was also the leading figure in an Oxford literary group called the Inklings.
Lewis1 was one of the most influential, if not the most influential, Anglican writer of the twentieth century. Any informed Western Christian could not have lived in the middle and latter twentieth century without having encountered Lewis, for he was both prolific and well- publicized.
When I was young, I was enamored of Lewis, as, I suppose, many young people are. After his death in Novemberthe C.
Lewis literary-theological complex developed in the United States, with scores, if not hundreds, of books and thousands of essays about Lewis published, largely by his admirers.
His books have sold in the millions, far more after his death than at any time during his life. Despite all this, there has been little critical attention paid to the theological ideas that Lewis actually taught in his books, even by those who call themselves Protestants and Evangelicals.
And well they should, for Lewis was no Evangelical. Writing in We Remember C. He had no friends among them His friends were all Anglo-Catholic or Catholic Lewis, of course, has been adopted by the Evangelicals in America in a way that would have made him very uncomfortable.
Lewis actually believe and teach about God, man, sin, salvation, Scripture, government, and society? This paper, a portion of a book-in-progress, examines his teachings on these subjects and concludes that Lewis cannot accurately be called an Evangelical and may be called a Christian only in an historical or nominal sense.
On point after point, Lewis taught doctrines contrary to Scripture. He denied the inerrancy of Scripture itself; he rejected the doctrine of the substitutionary, penal atonement; he set forth an odd view of the resurrection of the body, to name only three.
Lewis was no Evangelical and would not have been allowed to join the Evangelical Theological Society. One explanation may be that American Evangelical circles are no longer evangelical. Modern Evangelicals, unlike the Evangelicals of the sixteenth century, either do not believe or do not emphasize the doctrines of sola Scriptura and sola fide, which historically are the distinctive doctrinal marks of an Evangelical.
This has become painfully clear in the last decade with the advent of movements such as Evangelicals and Catholics Together, led and vocally supported by men who claim to be and are widely regarded as Evangelicals, some of whom are members of this Society, and one of whom, Charles Colson, credits his ecumenical activities to the influence of C.
Is there any minimum belief required to get into Heaven, or have we all accepted the Antichristian notion that God loves all men and desires to save all, regardless of their beliefs?
Has the Universalism implicit in Arminianism, which has been the majority report of American churches for almost two centuries, and which lately has erupted in the openness of God controversy, caused American Protestants to accept Lewis as a fellow Christian without question? Whatever the solution to the puzzle of the veneration for Lewis in Evangelical circles, it is my duty here today to tell you that Lewis was no Evangelical, and may be called a Christian only in a tenuous sense.
Let me briefly discuss his teachings on major doctrines essential to Christianity. I shall begin with the doctrine with which this Society is most concerned: Are the Psalms the word of God in a sense different from Romans? If so, what are those different senses?
Not only is Scripture alone not the assumption or basis of his arguments, Scripture is not even mentioned as an assumption or basis.
In that May 7, letter, written in response to Mr. The apparent inconsistencies between the genealogies in Matt i and Luke iii: The universally admitted unhistoricity I do not say, of course, falsity of at least some narratives in Scripture the parableswhich may well extend also to Jonah and Job.
If every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights then all true and edifying writings, whether in Scripture or not, must be in some sense inspired.
Inspiration may operate in a wicked man without his knowing it, and he can then utter the untruth he intends propriety of making an innocent man a political scapegoat as well as the truth he does not intend the divine sacrifice. The very kind of truth we are often demanding was, in my opinion, not even envisaged by the ancients.
I intend to address those problems in my book. But it is clear that Lewis denied that Scripture was completely true in the ordinary sense of the word true. Or else, some unknown writer in the second century, without known predecessors or successors, suddenly anticipated the whole technique of modern, novelistic, realistic, narrative.
It carries the Word of God The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him. In order to lead us to Christ, it must be read in the right spirit he did not tell us what that is and with the guidance of good teachers.
It does not speak for itself, but only through its interpreters. But we must not use the Bible our fathers too often did as a sort of Encyclopedia out of which texts Now, one might argue that a person can still go to Heaven even though he disbelieves portions of the Bible and rejects the doctrine of verbal inerrancy.
It is not the mere person of Christ, but his work also, that is a necessary object of saving faith.I have at last come to the end of the Faerie Queene: and though I say "at last", I almost wish he had lived to write six books more as he had hoped to do — so much have I enjoyed it..
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Lewis (). “Christian Reflections”, p, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing For in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you're taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay-writing. C. S. Lewis1 was one of the most influential, if not the most influential, Anglican writer of the twentieth century.
Any informed Western Christian could not have lived in. C. S. Lewis on Writing Considering he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, one of the most popular collections of children's literature of all time, it's no real surprise that C.
S. Lewis received thousands of letters from youngsters during his career. The classic A Year with C.S.
Lewis is an intimate day-to-day companion by C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century. The daily meditations have been culled from Lewis’ celebrated signature classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and A Grief Observed, as .
C.S. Lewis (b. November 29th, in Belfast, Ireland--d. November 22nd, ) was an Irish academic, novelist, and poet. His novels generally have Christian themes, and his best known work includes the The Chronicles of Narnia series (including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) and the Space Trilogy novels, a science fiction series.