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Lesson transition from Out of the Silent Planet to The Problem of Pain

Lesson transition from Out of the Silent Planet to The Problem of Pain

TTL 04 Sep 2012

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    • Through the Lens with C.S. Lewis 4 September 2012 “You dont have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” ― C.S. Lewis
    • You firstShare your otherworldy art…
    • Bent Broken “There are laws that all  “…he has left him hnau know, of pity and nothing but greed. He is straight dealing and now only a talking shame and the like, and animal…” (138) one of these is love of  “Devine was noisy, kindred…which is not reckless and a little one of the greatest hysterical…by the laws…He has left you discovery that the this one because a bent “natives” had an hnau can do more evil alcoholic drink…” (142) than a broken one….” (137) Oyarsa’s Observations “Are your fellow-creatures hurt in their brains…?” (128)
    • The Greater GoodWho  “Our right to supersede you is theunderstands theconcept better? right of the higher over the lower life…it would not be the act of a bent hnau if out people killed all your people.” (134-5)  “Love of our own kind…is not the greatest of laws, but you, Oyarsa, have said it is a law. If I cannot live in Thulcandra, it is better for me not to live at all.” (141)
    • Fear becomes courage.Why is Ransom’s journey both his pain and his cure?(142)
    • The Good, The Pain, and God“…strange as it may appear I am quite content to live without believing in abogey who is prepared to torture me forever and ever if I should fail in coming up to an almost impossible ideal.” C.S. Lewis They Stand Together, 1916
    • The Good is DeadBy the time Lewis wasa young adult he hadsuffered the loss of hismother, a series ofboarding schools(none of themparticularly wonderful),estrangement from hisfather, and the deathof his best friend,Paddy Moore, in thetrenches of World WarI. Is it any wonder hequestioned thegoodness of a god
    • In this epic poem, Lewis rails against a god who allows temptations toSpirits in Bondage trick people into circumstances that cause pain. To Lewis, this god was nothing more than a dream. His response: Yet I will not bow down to thee nor love thee, For looking in my own heart I can prove thee, And know this frail, bruised being is above thee.
    • So, when Lewis wrote about pain… …he understood it well. He had much yet to learn, but he experienced tremendous loss all through his early life. Additionally, he kept a promise to Paddy Moore, made in the trenches, and kept for life.
    • And yet…The Inklings:  The year Out of the Silent PlanetLewis regularlymet with a small was published, Lewis was asked togroup of literary write a book on pain for afriends at anOxford Pub for a publishing house.pint and a  Lewis resisted, saying that hediscussion. Theymet weekly from wasn’t clergy and it would be1930-1949, and presumptuous to discuss a topichelped each otherwith ideas, editing, that hit so close to home.and philosophic  He read portions to Tolkein and theexchanges. other “Inklings”, whose input was soMembers includedWarnie Lewis, appreciated that he dedicated theOwen Barfield, and book to them.J.R.R. Tolkein
    • HomeworkRead pp 371-396. Plan to read it more than once.Write a two page response to what you read. It can be something new to you, a confirmationof what you already knew, or a general reaction to Lewis’s assertions about God.Create an image that symbolizes the relationship of fear to awe. (References from ch 1)Prepare a multiple slide presentation that connects your artwork to Lewis’s assertions aboutthe Numinous.