This text is a part of the 5 Myths collection.
A Balanced View
C. S. Lewis gained a popularity as the simplest Christian apologist of the 20 th century, although had had no formal theological coaching and labored his whole skilled life as an English literature trainer at Oxford and Cambridge. Despite his fame, a number of myths have hooked up themselves to him which could give an unbalanced view of the person who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia.
Fable #1: C. S. Lewis by no means learn the newspapers.
Lewis remarked that he by no means learn the newspapers as a result of if something necessary occurred, somebody would inform him. In actual fact, although Lewis didn’t learn the newspapers every single day, when necessary occasions have been happening, he did learn the newspapers. We all know this to be true as a result of he talked about studying the newspapers in letters that he wrote. Such occasions as a basic strike by the labor unions and the damaging political state of affairs in Eire commonly elicited feedback in his correspondence about issues he had learn within the newspapers.
Harry Lee Poe
This distinctive biography reveals how C. S. Lewis’s adolescent years formed his later writingtracing themes corresponding to his enjoyment of literature, his key relationships, his struggling and struggles, and his intense pursuit of pleasure. Quantity 1 of a brand new trilogy.
Lewis had a strong humorousness, and he usually poked enjoyable at himself. The picture of a person who by no means learn the newspapers has a humorous tone. Lewis noticed the humor within the exaggeration. Whereas some males may pore over their newspapers each morning, Lewis didn’t wish to get slowed down in trivia, whether or not in print or in small speak. He favored dialog about massive concepts and he needed newspaper articles about actual information.
Fable #2: C. S. Lewis was chilly and unemotional.
As a result of C. S. Lewis had the power to research a matter from a rational perspective, he has been characterised by critics as chilly and unemotional. In actual fact, Lewis was a deeply emotional man. In The Drawback of Ache, Lewis talked about that the e-book explored how he considered struggling and ache quite than how he felt about the issue. In A Grief Noticed, nevertheless, he bled his feelings all around the pages. Whereas he’s identified for his logical apologetics exemplified by Mere Christianity, his most popular methodology of apologetics concerned tales with absolutely fashioned characters who each suppose and really feel. The thought of being a complete individual is one which Lewis first advocated in his most necessary scholarly work, The Allegory of Love (1936), however he confirmed what a complete individual seems to be like in his fiction tales for each adults (the science-fiction trilogy and Until We Have Faces) and for kids (The Chronicles of Narnia).
For Lewis, the good inner battle between the mind and the feelings was one which dominated his pondering, starting together with his scholarly work on allegory. He mentioned it at size in The Abolition of Man through which he argues that the character should mediate between the mind and the feelings. When it comes to his personal emotions and the way they impacted his selections and actions, Lewis explored these issues in his two non secular autobiographies, The Pilgrims Regress and Stunned by Pleasure.
Fable #3: C. S. Lewis beloved making new pals.
Although Lewis mentioned that friendship offered him together with his biggest pleasure in life, Lewis didn’t have giant numbers of pals. He knew extra individuals than he felt snug having as pals. He understood the distinction between a colleague, an acquaintance, and a pal. He additionally knew the distinction between a very shut pal in whom one may confide probably the most delicate and private issues, and the informal pal who is perhaps good firm in small doses.
Lewis didn’t have any pals aside from his brother and a cousin till he was sixteen. He had identified boys at college earlier than then, however not as pals the best way he would come to expertise friendship with Arthur Greeves. Whereas he discovered to be pleasant by means of his conflict experiences within the trenches of France, he protected his privateness, which served to intensify the importance of the relationships with these few who he counted because the closest of pals.
Fable #4: C. S. Lewis was an outgoing extrovert.
C. S. Lewis was the most well-liked lecturer at Oxford from the late 1930s till his departure for Cambridge in 1954. He stuffed the good lecture corridor within the Examination Colleges constructing with a capability within the lots of to overflowing with standing room solely. He had a well-earned popularity as a fierce debater who hardly ever misplaced an argument. He may maintain firm entranced together with his wit and humor on social events when he held middle stage. For these causes, many individuals consider Lewis as an outgoing extravert. In actual fact, Lewis was by no means really snug in public view. He had the energy of character and drive of will to carry out magisterially within the lecture corridor in addition to at tea, nevertheless it was largely efficiency. Lewis most popular a small group of pals who shared frequent pursuits with whom he may chill out. He relished solitude and lengthy walks. He grew out of an delinquent angle that dominated his adolescence, however he all the time most popular peace and safety from the insipid small speak that went with social gatherings.
Fable #5: C. S. Lewis hated train.
C. S. Lewis hated group sports activities performed at college. These video games have been a better distress to him than the trenches of France in World Conflict I. Lewis had a congenital defect in his thumbs, which didn’t have all of the joints frequent to everybody else. This issue contributed to a confessed clumsiness that made sports activities involving balls a nightmare for him that all the time resulted in derision from the opposite boys. Train, then again, was a wholly totally different matter. From his boyhood, he exulted in taking fast-paced walks throughout hill and dale for ten or twenty miles. For a vacation in January, he may spend the week strolling 100 miles alongside the paths that crisscross England. In addition to strolling, he thrived on biking, rowing, and swimming. Scarcely a day handed that he didn’t get pleasure from one among these actions, usually together with his pals, till his well being broke when he was fifty.
Harry Lee Poe is the writer of Changing into C. S. Lewis: A Biography of Younger Jack Lewis.