C.S. Lewis, “Letters to an American Lady”

First of all, note that these are letters not to Joy Davidson, but to another American lady.  She’s a Southerner, older and frequently ill, which prompts Lewis to say that, though he has been critical of Britain’s welfare state, he likes the fact that everyone there has free healthcare — though he recognizes it means … [Read more…]

John Lawler, “C.S. Lewis: Memories and Reflections” (with a foreword by Walter Hooper)

As the title indicates, the book is divided between the author’s personal memories of Lewis (his teacher) and his own reflections on Lewis’s writing (more his fiction and academic writing than his apologetics).  He is a Lewis fan, but the trouble with the “reflections” (the “memories” are fine) is that they assume a just-read familiarity … [Read more…]

C.S. Lewis, “Christian Reflections”

Just a couple of notes: (1) The first part of his “Psalms’ (115-17) — on what we have in common with (and how we differ from) the Greeks and Romans versus the Hebrews — is great. (2) It’s thought-provoking that he thinks Jesus got some genes from Mary (121).

How Should You “Cultivate Faith”?

I’ve noted elsewhere on this site (see especially “Why I Am a Christian (and You Should Be, Too), in 600 Words”) my take on Pascal’s Wager as pressing Christians to cultivate the faith they choose to declare.  That is, one doesn’t just say, okay, I believe, and then forget about it; one must act accordingly … [Read more…]

What Triggers “Adoration”?

I like the categorization of prayer into A-C-T-S:  that is, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.  Every night, I run through that list and try to recall events of the day that fit into each box. I’ll admit, though, that the first category is the trickiest, especially since it’s very easy to say you adore God … [Read more…]

What’s True and What Might Be True

I wonder if a lot of theology shouldn’t be more tentative, given for example the ambiguity of some Scripture to us and the unknowability to us of much of God’s handiwork. Thus, for all we Protestants know Mary could be the “Queen of Heaven,” but no Catholic can know that for sure.  And, with many … [Read more…]

Boethius, “The Consolation of Philosophy”

Interesting for intersection of classical thought and Christianity (although not overtly Christian, but monotheistic).  Would love for Sarah Ruden to write about it! Book V, section II:  The more depraved you are the less free will you have; the closer to God you are, the more free will you have. Long discussion in book V … [Read more…]