Tuesday, November 30, 2004

A prophetic voice

At Townhall, Chuck Colson writes on CS Lewis's 106 th birthday:

Why was Lewis so uncannily prophetic? At first glance he seems an unlikely candidate. He was not a theologian; he was an English professor. What was it that made him such a keen observer of cultural and intellectual trends?

The answer may be somewhat discomfiting to modern evangelicals: One reason is precisely that Lewis was not an evangelical. He was a professor in the academy, with a specialty in medieval literature, which gave him a mental framework shaped by the whole scope of intellectual history and Christian thought. As a result, he was liberated from the narrow confines of the religious views of the day—which meant he was able to analyze and critique them.

Colson makes a quick note that deserves further attention when he likens Lewis's views on the dangers of naturalism to the current biotech debate. I highly recommend Lewis's Space Trilogy; it offers a scarily realistic glimpse of where embryo harvesting, cloning, and other life-destroying scientific practices will lead if left unchecked.

You should probably purchase Space Trilogy in hardback, because you'll be reading them more than once. I finished them for the third time recently, and I've probably just scratched the surface of the wisdom Lewis offers, as ever in his lucid, everyman style.