Classic & Contemporary Excerpts
Born November 29, 1898, Clive Staples Lewis in his lifetime gave us many writings that explicate the Christian faith and walk. This page of Reflections commemorates the centennial of his birth.
November 16, 1998
Seduced by the World
Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is "finding his place in it," while really it is finding its place in him. His increasing reputation, his widening circle of acquaintances, his sense of importance, the growing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, build up in him a sense of being really at home in earth which is just what we want. You will notice that the young are generally less unwilling to die than the middle-aged and the old.
The truth is that the Enemy, having oddly destined these mere animals to life in His own eternal world, has guarded them pretty effectively from the danger of feeling at home anywhere else.
Our Gravest Evil
The worst sins of men are spiritual.
Spiritual Map Makers
Doctrines are not God:
they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God.
Life in the Blood
"Son of Adam," said Aslan, "Go into that thicket and pluck the thorn that you will find there, and bring it to me." Eustace obeyed. The thorn was a foot long and sharp as a rapier.
"Drive it into my paw, Son of Adam," said Aslan, holding up his right fore-paw and spreading out the great pads towards Eustace.
"Must I?" said Eustace.
"Yes," said Aslan.
Then Eustace set his teeth and drove the thorn into the Lion's pad. And there came out a great drop of blood, redder than all redness that you have ever seen or imagined. And it splashed into the stream over the dead body of the King. At the same moment the doleful music stopped. And the dead King began to be changed. … His eyes opened, and his lips both laughed, and suddenly he leaped up and stood before them.
No Home Here
The joys of Heaven are, for most of us in our present condition, ...