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Was C.S. Lewis a pluralist?

Was C.S. Lewis a pluralist?

Postby Guest » 27 Mar 2006, 01:35

Did C.S. :ewis believe there was more than one way to God than through Christ?
The reason I ask this is because, in "The Last Battle" the Calormen who served Tash all his life gets to go to Aslan's country. And Aslan tells him that all the service he has done for Tash, he accounts as service done to him.

I've heard some non Christians and non Christian publications (including USA Today) claim that this meant C.S> Lewis beleived "good people" from all religions go to heaven. But, I disagree. I mean if you read the whole part of the book, Aslan makes it clear that he and Tash ARE NOT the same. And since Lewis said he did not write the Chronicles as an exact metaphor for Christianity, then that argument falls apart. Also, I think it represents Aslan's grace more than it represents that "good people" are accepted.

Anyway, that's my opinion-does anyone know if Lewis arote about pluralism?
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re: Was C.S. Lewis a pluralist?

Postby A#minor » 27 Mar 2006, 01:46

Lewis was not a pluralist. He believed that some religions were nearer to the truth than others, and that some religions had good qualities in them (such as moral teachings about love, mercy, and justice), but he knew that only belief in Christ could bring salvation. Here's a quote:

"...you are free to think that all those religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of the truth. ... But, of course, being a Christian does mean thinking that where Christianity differs from other religions, Christianity is right and they are wrong.
As in arithmetic - there is only one right answer to the sum, and all other answers are wrong; but some of the wrong answers are much nearer being right than others."
-Mere Christianity, Chapter entitled "The Rival Conceptions of God"
"My brain and this world don't fit each other, and there's an end of it!" - G.K. Chesterton
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re: Was C.S. Lewis a pluralist?

Postby Paul F. Ford » 27 Mar 2006, 03:23

Dear Guest,

If you can get a copy of my book at the library, please read the entry on 'Universalism" which I believe will answer your question.
Paul Ford—self-appointed president of the "245-3617 Club" and proud member of the "245-6317 Club"; author of the Companion to Narnia and the Pocket Companion to Narnia.
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re: Was C.S. Lewis a pluralist?

Postby Guest » 27 Mar 2006, 20:12

You will be happy to know that it is currently checked out :-) But as soon as I can, I will read it-thanks!
-April
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