By Wesley A. Kort
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was once a distinctive student of medieval and Renaissance literature who taught at either Oxford collage and Cambridge college. After his conversion to Christianity, Lewis started writing Christian apologetic works aimed toward a well-liked viewers. it's for those works that Lewis is now most sensible remembered; in particular within the united states, the place his books have bought within the hundreds of thousands and remain well known at the present time. might be due to this recognition, in spite of the fact that, Lewis's Christian writings are often disregarded through theologians as oversimplified and conceptually wrong. With this ebook, 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 fingers of evangelicals who've became his observe into gospel and flawed his assaults on modernity for a retreat from the realm. Kort addresses and refutes universal prejudices approximately Lewis and exhibits that, even though Lewis used to be sharply severe of the materialism and narcissism of contemporary tradition, he however insisted that in simple terms 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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Lewis avoids both of these common responses. The ﬁrst response that Lewis avoids is to discount the value of rationality or view it as hostile to religious life. Since Weber had identiﬁed rationality as the cause of the disenchantment of the world, its rejection would be an obvious path to follow toward the goal of reenchantment. The overvaluation of rationality and the unbridled curiosity of the modern intellect could easily be countered by advocates of religious faith who devalue rationality and call for greater intellectual restraint and passive credulity in human life.
As he says,“It is not the greatest of modern scientists who feel most sure that the object, stripped of its qualitative properties and reduced to mere quantity, is wholly real. Little scientists, and little unscientific followers of science, may think so. 19 Pride, while not a consequence of modern rationality and scientific analysis, ﬂourishes under the conditions they create, especially when they become all-encompassing accounts of the world and of people’s relations to and in it. When such accounts become commonplace, there is nothing left to re e nc hantm e nt ◆ 39 check the growth and exercise of human pride.
He afﬁrms rationality, proposes its exercise within a healthier cultural context, and points to the necessary relation between the cultural reenchantment of the world and the prospects of religious faith. Lewis, then, sees the typical marks of modern rational inquiry—distinguishing fact from value, consciously projecting value, and reducing entities or events to their simplest components—as defensible. The problem, Lewis implies, especially in The Abolition of Man and in the space trilogy, is that these modes of rational and scientiﬁc analysis have been so extended that they have come to characterize the relation of modern people to their world and to other people.
C.S. Lewis Then and Now by Wesley A. Kort