C. S. Lewis On Politics

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When I wandered over to the Wade Center on October 24th, I had very little idea of what I was getting myself into. Surrounded by C.S. Lewis scholars tossing around terms I had never heard of before, I felt out of place to say the least. While knowing of books like Mere Christianity, and The Abolition of Man, the only C.S. Lewis writing I had read myself was the Narnia series, and I doubted that Lucy’s adventures with Mr. Tumnus would be discussed in a lecture about C.S. Lewis’ view on politics. Despite my hesitancy, I learned quite a bit in the lecture as the two authors of the book C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law discussed the political background of Lewis, how he reintroduced the idea of natural law to a hard-hearted audience…show more content…
Dyer and Dr. Watson explained our perception of C.S. Lewis versus his own perception of himself. Despite most people’s assumption that Lewis was a political man, he himself declared himself to be apolitical and tried to cultivate a lifestyle that promoted that reputation. As to the question of whether or not that reputation was true, Dr. Dyer stated that the veracity of the statement must be based off the definition of “political.” In a sense of policy, Lewis didn’t invest much into politics. But if politics can be considered as a study of humans living their lives together and what makes life valuable, the Lewis was about as political as they came. The speakers also pointed to Lewis’s childhood in a hyper political home as a reason he became relatively disgusted with politics, though still being interested in it as he recognized it as an essential part of how we function as…show more content…
During the plagues, Christians were the ones to stay back and help the sick, putting aside their own wellbeing in hopes of helping others. The early Church stepped forward and took care of abandoned children, showing God’s love to the outcast. As Christians, our purpose and the fundamental difference between us and the world is that we don’t ask the question, “Is it safe?” but rather, “Is it right?” The way we determine what is “right” so to say is by natural law, the unwavering moral absolutes presented in the Bible. But how do we do that to a society that doesn’t want to accept our help or morals anymore? By finding new and creative ways to share our faith and what we believe about the
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