C. S. Lewis (Who Wrote That?) by John C. Davenport, Kyle Zimmer PDF

By John C. Davenport, Kyle Zimmer

Top identified for his Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis wrote largely on non secular subject matters. This quantity examines facets of his lifestyles and occupation.

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A single volume, which he titled Spirits in Bondage. Lewis had always loved both reading and writing lyric poetry. Now he decided to try it out for a public audience. indd 52 9/16/10 2:56 PM WAR AND PEACE 53 “Clive Hamilton,” his mother’s maiden name. He took the time, for reasons unknown, to send a draft to Albert for comment. Seeming more distant than ever, Albert noted flatly, “For a first book—and of poetry—written by a boy not yet nineteen it is an achievement. ” In the end, Spirits in Bondage did moderately well after its publication, but Lewis chose eventually to abandon poetry, perhaps because of his father’s remarks.

From that point until his conversion in 1931, Lewis’ life was devoid of religious faith. E. Cowie. Her rejection of traditional religions was far less cerebral and more emotionally rooted than Kirkpatrick’s. Whereas Kirkpatrick drew on an academic knowledge of mythological structures in order to argue against the existence of God, Cowie rejected conventional religion based on her attachment to any number of occult and mystical traditions. Her devotion to these alternate spiritual schemes was what first prompted Jack to question whether the Christian God could satisfactorily explain the mysteries of the natural world and humankind’s place in it.

Lewis had to be on his guard every moment of the day if he wanted to avoid being ambushed by his tutor. “You could not say something about the weather without being pounced upon,” Lewis later complained. ” Kirkpatrick’s underlying goal in constantly challenging Jack was not idle torment, but to discipline his mind. The boy’s intellect, although formidable, was prone to recklessness. Jack thought quickly but often without a clear focus or direction; his mind was strong but clumsy. Kirkpatrick’s methods helped him put his intellectual powers under his own active control.

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