Praise Of A Heretic

Rare praiseworthy Heretic: C.S. Lewis

I am now re-reading C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape letters” and I am truly enjoying every word again. In a sense, I had almost forgotten how witty, profound and instructive the man was.
This book is, so to speak, the non-Catholic counterpart of the great G.K.Chesterton. More rapid to get to the point than the latter probably, though perhaps not so full of surprises and paradoxes.

Most of all, C.S.Lewis is amusing. He instructs whilst he entertains. The book is even more remarkable because, though written in the midst of the Second World War, it does not have anything of the propaganda or “Gott mit uns”-Attitude you might expect in a book written in such difficult and passionate times. Written in the middle of a savage conflict, the book reminds one even more of the far more momentous conflict (because linked, each one, to an eternal result) that the battle for the soul of every one of us is. C.S. Lewis flies over the conflicts of his time and dwells over the conflicts of every time.

The man is also remarkably orthodox from a Catholic perspective and is therefore, in my eyes, rather safe reading as instruction, too.

Many of you have probably read the book already. I think the others won’t do any damage to themselves by ordering it. Books which make it a pleasure to open and re-read at regular interval are seldom wrong investments.


(There. No one will be able to say that I always shoot at Heretics now….)

Posted on December 1, 2010, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Please, dear Mundabor, do not imagine that the recent US elections will have any positive effect on the abortion situation whatsoever. They wont. The Republicans are all talk and no action and it has been that way ever since this crime was “legalized” in America.

    You are only going to set yourself up for a big disappointment if you think otherwise.

    It is going to take far more than a victory for a bunch of cowardly Republicans to even begin to talk about ridding this land of abortion.

    As always, kind regards.

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