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March 29, 2008
C.S. Lewis on Scholarship
C.S. Lewis was a scholar of great grace and great wisdom. As you may ponder studying with us in Oxford, consider well the following wise words Lewis written in a previous generation -- penned for all generations.
The intellectual life is not the only road to God, nor the safest, but we find it to be a road, and it may be the appointed road for us. Of course it will be so only so long as we keep the impulse pure and disinterested. That is the great difficulty. As the author of the Theologia Germanica says, we may come to love knowledge -- our knowing -- more than the known: to delight not in the exercise of our talents but in the fact that they are ours, or even in the reputation they bring us. Every success in the scholar's life increases this danger. If it becomes irresistible, he must give up his scholarly work. The time for plucking out the right eye has arrived. ("Learning in War Time," in The Weight of Glory)