C.S. Lewis

Justin’s #36 – Out Of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis, 160 pages

August 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

This book was recommended to me by a friend and I am glad she did! I have often thought I need to read more C.S. Lewis; as a child, I read all of the Chronicles of Narnia series and as far as I can remember, enjoyed reading them. What I can appreciate about Lewis is his imagination and creativity in purporting a Christian worldview. This demonstrates that things like art, literature, and humanities can be a redeemed from a world full of negative entertainment reminiscent of Nancy Pearcy’s comments on “Saving Leonardo” (which I read last year but didn’t care to write a review). I think Ron will be happy to hear I’m reading more C.S. Lewis! Apparently, Lewis was inspired to write science fiction because he grew up reading H.G. Wells; books like “War Of the Worlds” and the like. But where Wells went wrong was in the philosophical underpinnings of his works. Lewis, coming from an obvious Christian worldview as seen in the Narnia books, and sought to write a Wellian-type book that had Christianity at it’s core. And therefore, we meet Dr. Ransom at the beginning of the book. Ransom gets captured by two other fellows and […]

JRF’s #1: The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis – 113 pages

January 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

This short book, originally given as a series of lectures in 1943, is a powerful critique of moral relativism.  It is remarkable for a number of reasons.  Firstly, it is remarkable for it’s clarity and cleverness – although since it is written by C.S. Lewis perhaps that is not that remarkable after all.  What I found especially striking however was how prophetic Lewis’ critique was.  We are now living in a society that is gorging itself on the rotten fruit of the trees that were seedlings that Lewis warned about in his day.  Just as the reader of Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s A Brave New World will get chills seeing the parallels in those fictional societies with our own, even more so will readers of The Abolition of Man see how accurately Lewis predicted the trajectory of Western society.  He powerfully lays bare the suicidal absurdity of abandoning objective values and “traditional” morality and instead demanding individual moral autonomy. This is a must read for anyone wanting to understand, explain, and redemptively engage the postmodern (and post-postmodern) worldview.   “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and […]

Ron’s #21: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

August 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

This is C.S. Lewis’s autobiography on his journey from atheism to theism to Christianity. What more do I need to say to get you to read this book? I loved this book, but it was not as easy a read as I thought it would be. Lewis is immersed in authors and poems that I’ve never heard of, and he assumes the reader is following along nicely. He name-drops more than a D-list celebrity at the Green Room club on Hollywood Boulevard. While the reader need not know all the poems referenced, it would help understand Lewis’s train of thought better. At the very least, one would need to understand Romanticism to a beginning degree to follow along. Throughout his school life, Lewis continues to search for Joy (his capitalization) that connects to something in our hearts for something bigger. This Joy turned to be our heart’s longing for its Creator. Here are a few excerpts that show the power of Lewis to turn a phrase: “All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still “about to be.” “Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often […]

Ron’s #52: Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

December 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

The story begins with this excellent opener: “I am old now and have not much to fear from the anger of gods.  I have no husband nor child, nor hardly a friend, through whom they can hurt me.  My body, this lean carrion that still has to be washed and fed and have clothes hung about it daily with so many changes, they may kill as soon as they please.  The succession is provided for.  My crown passes to my nephew.” I decided on this novel as my final book of 2011 after reading Mere Christianity. I love Lewis’s writing style, and I wanted to finally read this. This book is one that I’ve owed for some time. I bought this on my birthday in 1997. I know this because I still have the receipt in the book for a bookmark. I’ve started Till We Have Faces many times, but never getting beyond a chapter or two. I was frightened away by the subtitle—“A Myth Retold.” This is a version of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. If you are like me, you know little of that story. I kept telling myself that I’ll learn the myth before reading the […]

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