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By Wesley A. Kort

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was once a individual pupil of medieval and Renaissance literature who taught at either Oxford collage and Cambridge collage. After his conversion to Christianity, Lewis all started writing Christian apologetic works geared toward a favored viewers. it truly is for those works that Lewis is now top remembered; particularly within the united states, the place his books have bought within the thousands and stay well known this present day. possibly due to this attractiveness, notwithstanding, Lewis's Christian writings are commonly disregarded by way of theologians as oversimplified and conceptually incorrect. With this e-book, Wesley A. Kort hopes to rehabilitate Lewis and to illustrate the price and carrying on with relevance of his paintings. Kort not just retrieves Lewis from the now-dated context of his writings, but additionally wrests him from the arms of evangelicals who've grew to become his note into gospel and flawed his assaults on modernity for a retreat from the area. Kort addresses and refutes universal prejudices approximately Lewis and exhibits that, even if Lewis was once sharply severe of the materialism and narcissism of contemporary tradition, he however insisted that simply via tradition can Christian teachings successfully form ethical personality. Lewis's wish for a fruitful, interactive dating among Christianity and tradition sharply distinguishes him from neo-orthodox theology and lots of modern Christian rejections of tradition.

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I contend, however, that it is not necessary to restructure literary culture according to idealist beliefs in order to address the moral and religious potential of literature. If we take literary discourses as primary, we need only clarify, develop, and reformulate their recognizable moral and religious language or bring to the surface the norms by which they positively or negatively depict or judge aspects of human life. We will ask, what was his conversion, and, in particular, what was it not?

While tradition does not displace or upstage the authority of the Bible, the authority of the Bible is actualized in and exerted by tradition. For Lewis, that tradition is less ecclesiastical than cultural. Lewis’s conversion cannot be described in any of these ways, therefore. It is not first of all an acceptance of Christ into his life; it does not arise primarily from a desire for heaven or a fear of hell; it is not primarily inclusion within the church or Christian community; and it is not based on acceptance of biblical authority.

We have also seen him in relation to the wider cultural context in which his work came to prominence, in relation to his conversion, and his interest in making religious belief first of all a cultural project. We now can move from considerations of his relation to the past to address the question of the present:What kind of changes must occur to enable a person to view the world in a way that will be open to the spiritual and moral content of literary culture? 1 This change is necessary because modern culture, particularly modern rationality, has reduced people and damaged their relations to one another and to their world in such a way that it is no longer possible to entertain religious belief without distortion.

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