Through the Lens with C.S. Lewis December 2012 The Great Divorce
Journal“[The fairy tale] stirs and troubles him (to his life-long enrichment) with the dim sense of somethingbeyond his reach and, far from dulling or emptyingthe actual world, gives it a new dimension of depth.He does not despise real woods because he has readof enchanted woods: The reading makes all realwoods a little enchanted.”—C. S. Lewis, Of Other Worlds
Thought about the concept for 14 years Warnie Lewis wrote in his before writing diary: „Jack has a new idea for a religious work, Inspired by Jeremy based on the opinion of Taylor, a 17th century some of the Fathers, that Anglican who wrote a while punishment for the sermon called “Christ‟s Advent to Judgment.” damned is eternal, it is intermittent: he proposes The sermon talked to do sort of an infernal about the idea that day excursion to Paradise. souls in hell might get a I shall be very interested momentary relief if they so choose through to see how he handles it‟ the abundance of (Brothers and Friends: The Diaries of Major Warren Hamilton Lewis) Christ‟s mercies.Background
“…life is not like a river but like a tree. It does not move towards unity but away from it…(313) “I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road.” (313)Decisions, decisions
What are yourobservationsabout the graytown and its Oh the injusticeinhabitants?Where is thisplace?Is there anythingfamiliar about the“Tousle-HeadedPoet?
The Blame Game Hellish, isn‟t it?Insecurity Real or imaginary? False Hope Sounds rather silly
“It is the impossibility of communicating that feeling, or even of inducing you to remember it as I proceed, which make me despair of conveying the real quality of what I saw and heard.” (321)Inexplicable Moments
“But it is all over now. You will be pleased about it presently. Till then there is no need to both about it.” (323) “You weren‟t a decent man…none of us were…” (324)I don’t understand
“God, for me, is something purely spiritual. The spirit of sweetness and light and tolerance—and, er, service, Dick, service.” (329) “We know nothing of religion here: we think only of Christ.” (328)Materialism, Humanism, and other isms.
George MacDonald1824-1905“…how I love that man!” —OswaldChambers“I have never concealed the factthat I regarded him as my master;indeed I fancy I have never writtena book in which I did not quotefrom him.” —C.S. Lewis“The fairy story may be made avehicle of Mystery. That at least iswhat George MacDonald attempted,achieving stories of power andbeauty when he succeeded.” —J.R.R. Tolkien
`If they leave that grey town behind it will not have been Hell. To any that leaves it, it is purgatory. And perhaps ye had better not call this country Heaven. Not Deep Heaven, ye understand… (338) And that is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say, “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven,” and the Lost, „We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly. (338)Hell? Heaven? Purgatory?
Roman Catholic Protestant Purgatory is for the There is no saved. purgatory.Ye cannot fully understand the relations ofchoice and Time till you are beyond both. (339) The differences between Roman Catholic, Orthodoxy, and the multitude of Protestant denominations are not nearly as important as knowing Jesus and introducing Him to others—in that order.There have been some who were so occupied in spreadingChristianity they never gave a thought to Christ. (339)
Grumbler or Grumble? (340)
The Artist(342) The Relentless Wife (344) The Mourning Mother (347) The Ghost with the Lizard (350) The Dwarf and the Tragedian (354) The Lady (354)Which of the overheard conversationsaffected you most?