C.S. Lewis: In His Own Words-Part 2
Today C.S. Lewis is revered by many “Christians” as a master of Christian apologetics. He was the author of 40+ books which included poems, novels, children’s books, science fiction, theology, literary criticisms, educational philosophy and an autobiography.
In his book “Mere Christianity” pp. 176-177 he wrote: ‘There are people in other religions who are being led by God’s secret influence to concentrate on those parts of their religion which are in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it …Many of the good Pagans long before Christ’s birth may have been in this position’.
In a previous issue of Christianity Today (6/15/98, p.30) Millet, dean of Brigham Young University, is quoted as saying that C.S. Lewis ‘is so well received by Latter-day Saints [Mormons] because of his broad and inclusive vision of Christianity’ In Letters to Malcolm (p. 107), Lewis indicates that shortly before his death he termed himself ‘very Catholic’ — his prayers for the dead, belief in purgatory, and rejection of the literal resurrection of the body are serious deviations from Biblical Christianity (C.S. Lewis: A Biography, p. 234); he even went to a priest for regular confession (p. 198), and received the sacrament of extreme unction on 7/16/63 (p. 301).
His contention that ‘Christ fulfils both Paganism and Judaism …’ is extremely unscriptural. (Reflections on the Psalms, p.129). He also believed the Book of Job is ‘unhistorical’ (pp. 110), and that the Bible contained ‘error’ (pp.110, 112) and is not divinely inspired (The Inklings, p. 175). Lewis used profanities, told bawdy stories, and frequently got drunk with his students(5/19/90, World magazine.