The Geochristian has posted an article by Jam Wile detailing some of C. S. Lewis’s strong beliefs. Lewis is probably, along with Tolkein, the most influential Christian writer for detailing the battle between Christian good and Satan’s evil. Few would deny that Lewis had a deep insignt into the world we Christians face, and how trials come at us in our daily lives. He also was able to write in a way that was possible for us ordinary folk to understand.
Here are a few of Lewis’s Christian beliefs. The entire article may be found by following the liinks below.
To summarize the summary:
- Lewis refused to join or endorse the Evolution Protest Movement, even though it was led by a personal friend.
- His writing state acceptance of biological evolution [and, I should add, an ancient Earth (and Mars!)].
- Lewis believed that evolution posed little threat to Christianity.
- Lewis didn’t even believe in a literal Adam and Eve
- Despite these beliefs, most would consider Lewis very orthodox in his Christian beliefs.
Grace and Peace
Posted by jlwile on October 24, 2011
About three months back, I posted an essay about how people mischaracterize the views of C.S. Lewis to make it look like he agreed with them on some issue. In that essay, I cited Dr. Michael L. Peterson, an evolutionist, who deliberately edited a quote by C.S. Lewis to make it sound like he was an ardent evolutionist. I then cited Dr. Jerry Bergman, a young-earth creationist, who ripped several of Lewis’s quotes waaayyyyy out of context to make it look like C.S. Lewis was an anti-evolutionist. As I said in my essay, neither of the authors is correct. In fact, C.S. Lewis was an evolutionist, but his faith in evolution was never very strong. He thought it might not be the last word on origins, and at minimum, it would require direct intervention by God at certain key points.
I have gotten some flack from a few of my fellow young-earth creationists for calling Dr. Bergman out on his mischaracterization of C.S. Lewis. However, I am very familiar with all of Lewis’s published works, and there is no doubt that Dr. Bergman was simply not being honest in his portrayal of Lewis. The problem is, most people are not very familiar with Lewis’s work. As a result, it is hard for the average reader to notice when people like Dr. Bergman and Dr. Peterson quote him in such a way as to mischaracterize his views.
Well…there is a popular expression: “Actions speak louder than words.” As I was searching for something in a book I read years ago, I stumbled across the fact that C.S. Lewis performed a specific action which definitively shows, contrary to Bergman’s claims, that C.S. Lewis was certainly not an anti-evolutionist.