A Philosophical Walking Tour with C.S. Lewis: Why It Did Not by Stewart Goetz

By Stewart Goetz

Although it's been nearly seventy years because Time declared C.S. Lewis one of many world's such a lot influential spokespersons for Christianity and fifty years on the grounds that Lewis's demise, his impression is still simply as nice if now not better this present day.

whereas a lot has been written on Lewis and his paintings, nearly not anything has been written from a philosophical standpoint on his perspectives of happiness, excitement, soreness, and the soul and physique. accordingly, not anyone thus far has famous that his perspectives on those concerns are deeply attention-grabbing and arguable, and-perhaps extra jarring-no one has but correctly defined why Lewis by no means turned a Roman Catholic. Stewart Goetz's cautious research of Lewis's philosophical idea finds oft-overlooked implications and demonstrates that it used to be, at its root, at odds with that of Thomas Aquinas and, thereby, the Roman Catholic Church.

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For example, in the letter to Canon 64 65 66 67 Lewis, The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis: Volume III, 583. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet, 74. C. S. , 1955), 33. Lewis, The Four Loves, 65. 36 A Philosophical Walking Tour with C. S. Lewis Quick from which I quoted in the Introduction, Lewis said about his book The Problem of Pain that “I wasn’t writing on the Problem of Pleasure! If I had been you might find my views too hedonistic.  .  .  . ”69 What is interesting is that this intellectual attraction to a hedonistic conception of happiness in which happiness is of supreme value appears early in Lewis’s life.

S. Lewis: Memories and Reflections (Dallas, TX: Spence Publishing Company, 1998), xiii. For example, see Victor Reppert’s “The Ecumenical Apologist: Understanding C. S. Lewis’ Defense of Christianity,” and Mona Dunckel’s “C. S. Lewis as Allegorist: The Pilgrim’s Regress,” which are both in C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy, Vol. 3, Apologist, Philosopher, and Theologian, ed. Bruce Edwards (Westport, CN: Praeger, 2007), 1–28 and 29–49 respectively. 22 A Philosophical Walking Tour with C. S. Lewis not able?

Is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our 90 91 92 93 Lewis, Selected Literary Essays, 230. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis: Volume III, 93. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 93. “When you are happy, so happy that you have no sense of needing Him, so happy that you are tempted to feel His claims upon you as an interruption . . ” Lewis, A Grief Observed, 5–6.

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