mere christianity . by csLewis


Albert James Lewis (1863-1929), father of C. S. Lewis.

Florence Augusta (Hamilton) Lewis (1862-1908), mother of C. S. Lewis.

1924 From October 1924 until May 1925, Lewis served as philosophy tutor at University College during E.F. Carritt’s absence on study leave for the year in America.

1925 On May 20, Lewis was elected a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he served as tutor in English Language and Literature for 29 years until leaving for Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1954.

1929 Lewis became a theist: “In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed….” Albert Lewis died on September 24.

1931 Lewis became a Christian: One evening in September, Lewis had a long talk on Christianity with J.R.R. Tolkien (a devout Roman Catholic) and Hugo Dyson. (The summary of that discussion is recounted for Arthur Greeves in They Stand Together.) That evening’s discussion was important in bringing about the following day’s event that Lewis recorded in Surprised by Joy: “When we [Warnie and Jack] set out [by motorcycle to the Whipsnade Zoo] I did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did.”

chronological info. from the c.s.Lewis foundation.

reading . mere christianity . by csLewis  
page 88-93 . morality and psychoanalysis

What i understood from this chapter is that Lewis is saying that psychoanalysis only goes so far working with the raw material (feelings and impulses that are probably due to one’s body).  After working with the raw material, one must look at moral choice (the act of choosing).  He is speaking about one’s raw material and what one does with the raw material.  Did the central man (the thing that chose) make or do the best or worst with it?  He says that every time you make a choice, that the central part of you turns into something different than it was before.  I don’t know about this, but, i do know that our heart is continually being changed, and i know that every choice has something to do with who we are at the time.

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