C.S. Lewis had “shocking beliefs”

C.S Lewis meant a lot to me.  There was a time in my teens and 20’s when I read pretty much everything he wrote.  I knew from the first that he was not in accord with American evangelicalism.  Campus Crusade and Intervarsity Fellowship tried to claim him. But he was an Anglo-Catholic with very different views from theirs on crucial doctrines.

Also Josh McDowell and other evangelical “apologists” tried to appropriate him.  But Peter Kreeft, the Catholic writer and apologist, probably comes closest to Lewis.  Lewis was not a liberal.  He was into classic, orthodox Christianity.  But he was not the “evangelical icon” of his reputation.

So here is a link to a current article by Frank Viola that enumerates a number of his beliefs that will bring evangelicals up short. Viola calls his article, “Shocking Beliefs of C/S. Lewis”.  For instance, Lewis believed in a version of Purgatory.  He did not believe in the inerrancy of the Bible.  Something Viola, for some reason, does not mention is that Lewis did not reject the theory of evolution.

From the article:

Unfortunately, many evangelicals are quick to discount — and even damn — their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ over alleged doctrinal trespasses, even if those same brothers and sisters hold to the historical orthodox creeds (Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed, etc.). Such discounting and damning can always be avoided and it serves no one on the Kingdom side of the aisle.


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I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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