Saturday, March 15, 2014

Has she even read CSL?

C.S. Lewis Curiously Absent from "C.S. Lewis Lecture"
Jefferts Schori employs new age imagery and buzzwords like "earth-creature," "stardust," and "wisdom-teacher" that any student of Lewis would be completely unfamiliar with

by Brian Miller
March 13, 2014

Most of us were baffled when Westminster College announced that Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, would deliver the C.S. Lewis Lecture on science and religion. IRD colleague Bart Gingerich pointed out that the breadth of differences between the two figures is too expansive to summarize. The New Testament tells us the Rich Man could see Lazarus over the gulf between the Inferno and Paradise. Judging from this lecture, it's doubtful Schori can see Lewis over the gulf that separates them.

The topic of the lecture, science and religion, provides a rich and endless list of possible directions to explore Lewis' thoughts. From the warnings against scientism in The Abolition of Man, to the history of medieval science in The Discarded Image, to the excellent comparison between the thoughts of Lewis and Freud by Armand Niccolai, to the literally dozens of other essays and writings Lewis produced on the subject. But alas, Lewis's name is only invoked at the beginning and the end of the lecture, as if the speaker did so only out of courtesy.

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