Lewis's Reflections on Hell

Wednesday, 06 Jun 2007

S. Lewis did not write as a theologian; his works touch on Christianity in a popular vein. Yet as a foremost apologist of the last century, he continues to have an enduring influence. This brief review of his "doctrine" of hell, therefore, faces numerous obstacles, most notably that of genre. Although his fiction brilliantly illustrates many Christian themes, it does not intend to teach doctrine. Even the more didactic prose of Mere Christianity or The Problem of Pain must be read in the context of apology. It answers objections, only occasionally producing a doctrinal by-product. ...

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