In honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, Aleteia.org gathered insightful comments about Lewis from Catholic scholars across the country. Five of the quoted scholars are professors at Catholic universities recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for strong Catholic identity.
The comments consider the influence of C.S. Lewis, who was not Catholic, in helping many people in their conversions to the Catholic Church:
Assistant professor of modern and classical languages at Benedictine College Edward Mulholland says Lewis’ writings have a sacramental worldview which attracts Catholics. “Lewis, although a Protestant, presents a vision of the world that is eminently sacramental, and I think this is what draws Catholics to him and many of his readers to Catholicism.”
Michael Dauphinais, dean of the faculty and associate professor of theology at Ave Maria University, also sees a sacramental worldview in Lewis’ writings. “[T]here is a strong anglo-Catholic trajectory to his sacramental approach to faith and life that brings him close to Catholic doctrine on a number of points. Thus, in "A Grief Observed," he expresses the possibility of the purifying suffering of the dead, and later, in "Letters to Malcolm:" Chiefly on Prayer, he affirms that he prays for the dead and states simply, ‘I believe in Purgatory.’”
“I strongly recommend that Catholic high schools make their students intimately familiar with Lewis,” says Andrew Seeley, professor at Thomas Aquinas College. “'Mere Christianity' is unbeatable as an introduction to Christianity.”
Franciscan University of Steubenville theologian John Bergsma and Holy Apostles College and Seminary philosophy professor Ronda Chervis also provided analysis on C.S. Lewis. Read more at Aleteia.org.
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