C. S. Lewis: Little problems or blatant heresies?

As a follow-up to What did C.S. Lewis really believe? I offer this video from Todd Friel of Wretched Radio.


8 thoughts on “C. S. Lewis: Little problems or blatant heresies?

  1. It always irritates and disappoints me that so many solid Christian pastors, teachers and writers quote so liberally from C. S. Lewis. It’s also woefully common to see quotes employed from G. K. Chesterton and A. W. Tozer. Why the love affair with dead guys who have two initials instead of a name?!?


  2. I have been teaching this warning for years in my Christian Apologetics class. When working toward my Masters at Divinity school, I was required to read C.S.Lewis and noticed not only the areas of heresy mentioned in the clip but also his total lack of any scripture in Mere Christianity as well as his rejection of much of the Old Testament and his belief in what today we would call Theistic Evolution. For evidence read two works of his: Reflections on the Psalms and Miracles. In them you will see his rejection of Old Testament miracles, his belief that there are historical errors and mistakes in Scripture, his belief that the account of creation in Genesis (as well as other stories in the Old Testament) are myths borrowed from pagan religions, his belief that the Imprecatory Psalms are “devilish”, “terrible” and “contemptible”-thus rejecting the verbal plenery inspiration of scripture, his rejection of many of the Old Testament authors, etc. His work is not to be upheld as Christian Apologetics since he rejected much of what makes up orthodox Christianity. I wonder how many pastors and layman who drop his name have ever truly read what he himself claimed to believe?


  3. I was holding my breath a little when I saw this post….realizing that so many others have such an ignorant and strangely dogged view of the myth of CS Lewis. As one who has studied the literature of CS Lewis from an academic viewpoint (at a Christian college no less), I was reaquainted recently with his background and was rather horrified by some of the passages contained within the Chronicles of Narnia (the blatant Sun worship, pagan ritual, sexualisation of children, etc) which was certainly compounded by the fact that CS Lewis contended that these books were meant for children. Most of my friends these past few weeks have gone many rounds regarding this as I offer passage after passage out of Mere Christianity, the Great Divorce, the Chronicles of Narnia, etc. All one has to do is to view three things about a person: study the friends he kept (Owen Barfield, the Inklings, Charles Williams, George MacDonald), the pagan subtext behind his fiction and fantasy literature (those who believe that it was borne out of his imagination and not derived by his personal obsession with the occult do not have a working knowledge of the symbolism inherent and cannot or dare I say will not discern the truth), and finally, his view of Christ. Any well meaning, led by the Spirit, and growing Christian can easily see that CS Lewis was the very poster child for the occult which is WHY Disney has made the movies to begin with. Study Theosophism, Anthrosophism, Rosicrucianism, Priori of Sion (sp?), The Golden Dawn…as these are the groups that CS Lewis was a part of. I ask my friends, “you know this whole thing is turning into a non-issue…with so much vulgarity and unspeakable thematic inclusions in these books why are you trying so hard to make this man a Christian?” Cheers and God Bless!


  4. 1. Lewis was not a Universalist. He was an Inclusivist, but that’s not the same thing at all.

    2. If penal substitutionary atonement is a core doctrine the denial of which amounts to heresy, then the Eastern Churches are heretical.


  5. @samstarrett: Re. point 1: both terms mean the same thing. Re point 2: Correct…Eastern Churches are not ‘orthodox’ but essentially Catholic, denying justification by faith.


  6. Yeah, wow. This confirms a lot. I have been skipping sections in the books when reading to my kids. I’ve also never been comfortable with Tumnus (which I noticed ironically is SunMut spelled in reverse. Sun worshipping Goat/Man mut?) Not to mention Pan the Faun is a classic symbol of the devil. Led Zeppelin loved Lewis’ buddy Tolkein. I really didn’t like the Bacchus romp part, and when I read the words Worshipful Master Doctor Cornelius I couldn’t remain in struggling denial anymore. Kids may be disappointed, but I think I’ll have to cease reading these. I’m no legalist, but if he really was a Rosacrucianist, that’s creepy.


  7. inclusivism is the belief that God can provide other ways to save people other than Jesus; however, they are not necessarily saved. They just have “another way” they could be saved. Universlism is the belief that everyone is saved, period.


Tell us what you think:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.