Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Was C.S. Lewis a Calvinist?

I found this essay by Rev. Zach Dawes, who wrote to show that Lewis was essentially not a Calvinist. From my point of view, Lewis seems to stick to more traditional Biblical beliefs. Others may call it "Arminian," but personally, I don't like labels like that. Lewis followed Christ, not James Arminius.

Anyhow, C.S. Lewis is one of my all time favorite authors, and so I found this a very enjoyable read. I was always under the strong impression that C.S. Lewis was not a Calvinist, but now I am convinced that Lewis was actually strongly against the ideas of Calvinism.


9 comments:

Grigs said...

Lewis was barely orthodox in a classical sense and all evangelicals- arminians and calvinists ought to use other better books en lieu de C.S. Lewis. Both Calvin and Arminius would burn this Lewis' works and I refuse to waste my time by reading more than I have already read by him. Christians ought to read stuff that is not meant to play the truth to the lowest common denominator (sp?) and read books that show how great is our God.

Silas Reinagel said...

Grigs, have you any examples of "books that show how great is our God" and that don't dumb down truth?

Must all writing be intellectually serious to convey truth?

What sorts of books may be read by those who consider themselves to be neither Calvinists nor Arminians?

Silas Reinagel said...

Rebekah, by the way, I can't seem to find the link to the essay that you mentioned...

Skarlet said...

Silas, thanks for the heads up. I fixed the link.

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