NYT: The Political Magic of C.S. Lewis

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I resonate deeply with so much of what C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite thinkers, has written and said over his lifetime. It’s not surprising we have overlapping views on State, politics, and “moral legislation.”

Small excerpt from this NYT piece by Peter Wehner about Lewis’ thoughts on faith and politics:

Lewis saw public matters, and indeed all of life, through a theological lens; his Christian belief had important public consequences because it provided him with insights into the human condition.

Like water that refracts light and changes the shape of things, politics can distort and invert Christianity, turning a faith that at its core is about grace, reconciliation and redemption into one that is characterized by bitterness, recriminations and lack of charity. There is a good deal of hating and dehumanization going on in the name of Christ.

Followers of Jesus aren’t doing a very good job of living faithfully in a broken world, perhaps because we’re looking inward instead of upward. “Aim at heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in,’ ” Lewis reminded us. “Aim at earth and you will get neither.”

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