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Blogging Lewis

The spring semester is coming to a close and I am looking forward to summer.  I have a lot on my plate this summer like church camp, VBS, vacation, etc., but these things do not require much reading.  Instead I am looking ahead to the fall semester when I will be taking a class on British apologists of the 20th century.  We will immerse ourselves in the readings of C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, Austin Farrer, Dorothy Sayers and others.  In preparation for this class I am going to begin reading some of these authors this summer.  I have already read some of their works, but I want to take a fresh look at them.  I also want to invite you along on this journey as I will be blogging on a regular basis on these readings.

I am going to begin with the most famous non-fiction book from the aforementioned authors, C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.  Lewis is probably the most influential Christian writer of the last century.  Although he wrote what some consider theology he considered himself a layman.  Lewis was very familiar with the ancients and never accepted the modern notion that just because something is new means it is better.  This is one reason Lewis is very helpful.  He didn’t abandon the ancient truths as easily as most moderns, and often calls us back to what was once accepted as truth but has been forgotten.  Lewis does this in Mere Christianity, a book of apologetics that began as a series of radio broadcasts.

It is amazing to me to think that the British government hired Lewis to deliver these talks on the air because they thought it would be good for the country.  I do not believe this would ever happen in our day and time.  Then again I am not sure we have anyone around that could fill the shoes of Lewis.  When men such as Lewis and Bonhoeffer were writing evil was staring them in the face.  Everyone knew who the good guys and the bad guys were.  This was a difficult time to be a Christian, but maybe not as difficult as it is now.  We live in a culture where evil is not often clearly defined.  Those of us who are able to discern between right and wrong still wrestle with the temptation of making that which is good (family, patriotism, career, etc.) into an idol.  C. S. Lewis would say that the things which are good cause the greatest temptation toward idolatry in a person’s life.

Let us begin this adventure together as we read Lewis, reflect on what he says, and find help in a confusing and lost world.

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