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  • SherryT
    From Steve Hayes Date 2007/11/21 Subject [eldil] C.S. Lewis -- enemy of the Golden Rule? ... Is there more to the rebuttal? Under
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 3, 2007
      From Steve Hayes <hayesstw@...>
      Date 2007/11/21
      Subject [eldil] C.S. Lewis -- enemy of the Golden Rule?

      > Here is something I posted a few weeks ago in the
      > alt.books.inklings newsgroup.

      > I'm reposting it here, along with a very good reply I received.

      Is there more to the rebuttal?

      Under the Mercy?


      My original message was:

      === Quote original message ===

      There's an interesting article on the web that maintains that C.S. Lewis was
      an enemy of the Golden Rule.

      I won't quote it all, but here's a snippet:

      Lewis was really in a way like Marx.

      And the reply:

      === Quote of reply ===

      > Comments?

      On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 18:27:02 GMT, Roberto Abajo <repl...@...> wrote:

      >My first comment is that the author appears to have dipped widely into CSL
      >non- Narnian works without pausing to actually listen to the proper sense
      >of the words, as though building a case for the prosecution. ("I'll be
      >judge, I'll be jury," said the cunning old Fury, "I'll try the whole case
      >and condemn you to death.")

      >I only have time to deal with two absurdities.

      >First, Emeth in TLB causing the author to wonder if Lewis was a Satanist:
      >Lewis explains in the clearest possible terms that it was not the name of
      >the god Emeth sought with a longingly pure heart and sterling deeds, but
      >that same heart and those deeds which gained him entry into Aslan's
      >paradise (that is, the platonically Real World).

      >Next, in a very popular work during CSL's lifetime, *The Screwtape
      >Letters*, the devil whose correspondence is held up for review discussed
      >the possibility of influencing his nephew's "patient" to be a conscientious
      >objector, in a way which showed to me that Lewis held no animosity for that
      >particular way of following the teachings of Christ: "Is your patient a man
      >of great physical courage?" saying that if that were the case, it might do
      >more harm than good in the cause of the man's damnation.

      >This is hardly consistent with the picture of Lewis as a Marx-like figure,
      >defending the right of states to make war and tell their soldiers to kill,
      >because his state, in having troops to enforce its will immorally, would
      >make CSL safer and more well known. The passage that he takes as clearly
      >showing this -- a German soldier and Lewis simultaneously killing each
      >other in battle and then laughing about it afterwards - I read as arguing
      >that Nationality, like a particular language itself perhaps, is something
      >that will have to be set aside after death, something merely mundane and
      >past, forgiven in favor of true understanding.

      Thanks very much for that.

      I think you've got it exactly right, and the examples you give are good ones.

      Steve Hayes
      Web: http://hayesfam.bravehost.com/litmain.htm

      Steve Hayes

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