March 9, 2017

A human being can be close to God in terms of a spiritual 'nearness', and also close to God in terms of amount of power.

Lewis has something to say about this important distinction in his book The Four Loves, where he breaks it down into two kinds of ‘nearness’ to God:...

March 8, 2017

Any attempt to write a book about C. S. Lewis and his work has to come to terms with the fact that so much has already been written about him and his writings. What exactly could another book add to the world’s library of opinions of and adulations towards this famous...

March 7, 2017

What is Father Christmas doing in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Why do Silenus, satyrs (fauns) and other creatures from classical mythology appear in the story? 

In his famous study of Lewis’s work called Planet Narnia, Michael Ward asserts that he has found an...

December 9, 2016

Of course, the opening chapter of Voyage to Venus, discussed earlier in this blog, is only that - the start of the adventure. Having drawn his readers into the framework of an Epic and out of the silent planet framework that they normally inhabit, Lewis sets off on the...

October 31, 2016

If we accept that, for Lewis, the Earth was in truth a spinning speck of dust remotely distant from Heaven in a cosmos centred around God, it is not surprising that Lewis was a sharp critic of politics, ideology and culture in the Twentieth Century. To interpret his po...

October 26, 2016

Of all of C. S. Lewis’s vast contribution to literature and to thought in the Twentieth Century, it is his last book, The Discarded Image, which is perhaps the most under-valued. Its treatment of the Mediaeval model of the universe, the way in which thinkers in the Mid...

September 25, 2016

We’re so used to thinking of the physical universe as obeying certain ‘laws’ that we can get muddled about the idea of it. 

A ‘law’ suggests both a maker of the law and obedience to it, and that is in fact one of the origins of the idea. In modern times, these ‘laws’ ar...

September 13, 2016

Consider the most powerful, memorable moments in your own reading. Think for a moment about the scenes in your favourite books or films which created ‘goosebump’ sensations for you. Try to recall the exact incidents which had the most lasting effect on you as a reader.

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September 5, 2016

Owen Barfield, British philosopher and close friend of C. S. Lewis, said once that Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry, his famous work about the evolution of consciousness was his own personal favourite. First published in England in 1957, and in the United St...

August 8, 2016

Educated at Highgate School and Wadham College, Oxford, Owen Barfield was a solicitor in London, from which he retired in 1959 aged 60. However, Barfield published numerous essays, books, and articles to do with what he called the ‘evolution of consciousness,’ and is b...

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