C.S. Lewis: Man of Faith or Warmed-Over Pagan?

By |2018-08-22T13:21:04-05:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Religion|

When C.S. Lewis converted to Christianity in 1931, he admitted that he did so in large part because Christianity answered the pagan longings he had experienced in his love of mythology and of all things northern... Northern Irishman C.S. Lewis holds such an important place in the hearts, minds, and souls of American Protestants that [...]

Apocalyptic Visions: Faith, Reason, & Science Fiction

By |2018-08-18T20:54:56-05:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Fiction, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Philosophy, Science|

The apocalyptic vision in science fiction is akin to the memento mori in mediaeval art. It reminds us of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. And these last things remind us of the first things—most importantly the primary reality that we are made in the image of God to love and [...]

Pride and the Fall in Tolkien’s Second Age

By |2019-04-16T16:26:36-05:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature|

J.R.R. Tolkien's story of Númenor is the story of Athens, Rome, Great Britain, the United States, and every power that began with the best of intentions and saw itself decline because of envy and pride. It is the story of the Fall in Eden. It is grim, timeless, and true... Unquestionably, Tolkien's mythology was massive [...]

Progressing Toward What? C.S. Lewis & “The Abolition of Man”

By |2018-08-07T23:58:33-05:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley Birzer's Abolition of Man Series, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Conservatism|

Seventy-five years after the publication of C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man, it is safe to say that the scientists and technologists and state makers and educational institutions and corporations have continued on the deadly path of making man not in the image of God, as manifested in nature, but in the image of some men, [...]

C.S. Lewis & The Abolition of “Progress”

By |2019-04-18T12:24:00-05:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Bradley Birzer's Abolition of Man Series, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Ideology, Truth|

C.S. Lewis believed that immutable and timeless universal principles governed all persons throughout time and space. Though these principles would find manifestations particular to era, culture, and individual, the rules remained eternal. Additionally, these natural laws would always and everywhere be “self-evident.” Men might choose to ignore, distort, or mock them, but they could [...]

“The Abolition of Man” at Age Seventy-Five

By |2018-08-07T10:07:40-05:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Bradley Birzer's Abolition of Man Series, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Reason, Truth, Virtue|

In the modern world, C.S. Lewis argues in The Abolition of Man, we have trained the head and encouraged the heart, while neglecting the soul, the most important part of the person. As Lewis so scathingly puts it, we are producing men without chests... No one could rightly accuse C.S. Lewis, who was raised as [...]

Leo Tolstoy’s Napoleon: Slave of History

By |2020-05-17T00:16:48-05:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Education, Great Books, History, Leo Tolstoy, Literature|

Leo Tolstoy shows us the character of Napoleon and shows us the hope of near-repentance, and the devastatingly fearful return to a world of artificial phantoms. I recently wrote an essay about Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Here, I discuss another Russian novel, published at the exact same time, in the exact same periodical: [...]

The Prophetic C.S. Lewis

By |2018-05-21T12:19:55-05:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Joe Sobran, Politics, Timeless Essays|

During World War II, C.S. Lewis realized that both the Allies and the Axis were abandoning the traditional morality of the Christian West, the great principle of which is that certain acts are intrinsically right or wrong… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Joseph Sobran as [...]

Modern America: A Disneyland Dystopia

By |2019-11-21T12:04:10-06:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Culture, Death, Dwight Longenecker, Dystopia|

In modern America, all the dystopian horrors exist hand-in-hand with what seems like one perpetual theme-park existence. The war, torture, abortions, castrations, murders, suicides, drug addiction, homelessness, and medical horrors reside side-by-side with the smiling face of America, where everyone has perfect teeth and waves out a cheerful, “Have a nice day!”… Having just [...]

The Legacy of C.S. Lewis

By |2018-11-16T15:20:15-06:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Literature, Permanent Things, Timeless Essays|

C.S. Lewis is recognized as a Christian lay apologist, a writer of children’s books, an adept novelist and fantasist, and a literary scholar and logician, still eliciting strong reactions, favorable or unfavorable, from his readers… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join James E. Person as he [...]

Making Britain Great Again: The “Deplorable” C.S. Lewis

By |2018-04-23T14:40:46-05:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Faith, Family, Feminism, Sexuality|

Compared to today’s decidedly pragmatic US President, the tradition-minded Cambridge medievalist proves to be more exclusive and more provincial, for it is the creator of the beloved Narnia series who would resist tenaciously any attempt to flood his country with Norwegians, however law-abiding and productive. So before preaching the Benedict Option or crusading for pro-life feminism, let the [...]

C. S. Lewis: Critic of Progressivism

By |2018-04-02T23:38:08-05:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, England, History, Progressivism|

While most of us associate C.S. Lewis with theological literature, the renowned author sounded the siren against progressivism’s clear dangers not only to the political rights and liberties of man, but also to our very perception of the reality of mankind… C.S. Lewis: World-renowned author, philosopher, theologian. Christian apologist. Mere mention of his name [...]