Reforming the Reformed with Lewis

I have so many new interests, many of which I need to mull over for a long time, but the one thing that I can say with real confidence is that we need more C. S. Lewis.  Having just finished The Screwtape Letters with my class, I am a changed man for the better.  Lewis’ vision is positive, traditional, and just plain Jesus-esque.  He’s already the patron saint of Evangelicalism.  Now we just need to push that home in the Reformed World.

I’ll try to post some important snippets in the future, and I will certainly be reading as much of Lewis’ body of work as I can.

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About Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the pastor of Christ Church in Lakeland, FL. He is also a founder and general editor of The Calvinist International. A graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS), a Presbyterian minister, and a classical school teacher, Steven lives in Lakeland, FL with his wife, son, and daughter.

4 thoughts on “Reforming the Reformed with Lewis

  1. This is what I thought a few years ago. If we could be someone a bit more Reformed than Lewis into Lewis’s narratival mode, the battle would soon be over.

  2. Like you, Steve, I have benefited from reading Lewis. He’s of help to Reformed folks and to evangelicals not because he is one of them — he isn’t — but simply because he embodies so well the notion of mere Christianity, and can, as a result, be read with benefit by Christians from across the spectrum. Few writers have been able to pull off that trick, as you know.

    If you liked Screwtape Letters, perhaps you’d like Letters to Malcolm. It’s entertaining, provocative, challenging and insightful. My students respond to it very well, and they are from every Christian background imaginable.

  3. I recently read The Abolition of Man for the first time in some years, and I have to say there are few books which could do more to address Reformed provincialism about human nature, aesthetics, and ethics than this one.

  4. You recently had a post on going back to a new medievalism ala Tolkien and stuff. I found a website by some…I guess paleoconservatives might be a word for them, but they aren’t that. Anywho, they have some lectures on Tolkien and the medieval ala Chesterton and Belloc.

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