Review of The Lion’s World by @The_Tablet #BigRead13

Continuing to look around the web for reviews of Rowan Williams The Lion’s World:

The Lion’s World originated in three lectures given in Canterbury Cathedral during Holy Week. One can hear traces of the spoken voice, which is helpful. “I can only confess”, the author says, “to being repeatedly humbled and reconverted by Lewis in a way that is true of few other modern Christian writers.” For, although Lewis never read the newspapers, he could not help being modern. Yet his beliefs, if advertised as “mere” or common Christianity, were, I think it useful to add, those of a sixteenth-century Protestant, despite his preference for living in the imaginative cosmos of the Middle Ages. In his volume on the sixteenth century in the Oxford History of English Literature, he so far enters into the spirit of that age as to refer to Catholics consistently as “Papists”. The theme of Prince Caspian, Lewis wrote in a letter to a girl admirer, was “the restoration of the true religion after a corruption”; in other words it is an allegory of the Reformation. This is the other side to the kind of universalism that Dr Williams illustrates with a quotation from a letter from Lewis to Bede Griffiths, once a pupil of his, famous for establishing Christian ashrams in India. In it Lewis takes the notion of the Atlantic being in reality a broad river flowing from an island itself off the coast of an unsuspected continent, and so on: “Not one jot of Revelation will be proved false, but so many new truths might be added.”

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