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February 01, 2013

Too Much C. S. Lewis

Do we quote C. S. Lewis too much? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Steven Harrell at Relevant magazine recently complained about Christians who constantly use C. S. in sermons, in conversations and online saying that he’s “annoyed with the public perception and exultation that has long outlasted him.”

After all, Harrell says, Lewis died fifty years ago and had no knowledge of the twenty-first century. We can’t rely solely on Lewis. We need modern writers more attuned to our times and less interested in the social problems of our grandparents.

As blogger Joe Miller at points out, the Church does have brilliant modern minds, who are quoted regularly. No one I know relies solely on Lewis. Plus, the idea that old writers like Lewis can’t speak to our postmodern age is silly. One of things that makes Lewis so important is how he relied on thinkers and writers from a previous age, and the great thinkers of today do too. Come to, and we’ll link you to Harrell’s essay, as well as Miller’s terrific response. I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Too much C. S. Lewis? Not Hardly
Joe Miller | Patheos | January 14, 2012

On the Readon of Old Books
C. S. Lewis

Why We Need a New C. S. Lewis
Steve Harrell | Relevant | January 10, 2013

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