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CS Lewis, one of the most celebrated literary geniuses of any generation?
Popular equates to good in your mind. This is valuable insight.
A former outspoken atheist?
He became and atheist at 15. He began his reconversion at the ripe old age of 28. He wrote The Pilgrim's Regress
(critically panned) and The
Allegory of Love
during that time. Yes, how very very outspoken. I mean, the apocryphal story goes that Tolkien managed to bring him back to the
fold in one night during a long walk. How strong his values as an atheist must have been!
Someone with the ability to take very deep and complex thoughts and present them in a way anyone can understand?
Or someone with the ability to take very deep and complex thoughts and oversimplify them to make them palatable to the masses?
nope, I cannot think of what makes his thoughts relevant to you.
All I can say is wow!
Then you are just as erudite as Lewis himself, my friend! Congratulations.
Someone comes across something they are obviously ignorant of, does a google and makes a swarmy statement trying to elevate themselves over
Oh, I don't have to "do a google" to know about Lewis. I had more than enough exposure to him. Now you're just making assumptions about my education,
which makes you look silly. And I'm not trying to elevate anyone over anyone, just pointing out that people who yearn for "the good old days", when
men were men and could beat their women at will, will typically trot out Lewis in their defense. Go read Moorcock's "Epic Pooh" essay and turn that
critical lens to the works of Lewis. Lewis was a hack, always playing second fiddle to Tolkein, who viewed Lewis's work as "pop theology".
I add this for the sake of quashing anymore ignorance in an attempt to misdirect attention to an individual instead of the point that was made.
Given that two thirds of what you post here is about
Lewis and not by
Lewis, it's pretty clear that ...
Now, this guy wrote more articles, essays and books than I bet you even read in your lifetime.
... you're wrong on that count.
You chose to defend your position by citing Lewis. I gave his words the respect they deserve, which seems to have touched a nerve. I'm sorry that I
tried to have a cheeseburger at the expense of one of your sacred cows.
So you don't actually have anything to offer up in response other than heaping praise on C. S. Lewis? Good. Let's get back to the discussion at hand.
It's all in changing definitions and the present generation accepts the present and ignores the past.
Which past is being ignored? The one of polygamy and treating one's wife as chattel? Or just the one that's palatable to you?
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