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C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church Paperback – December 1, 2003
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For more on Lewis' relationship to the Catholic Church see my interview with Richard Purtill, author of C.S. Lewis' Case for the Christian Faith (available through Amazon) at Ignatius.com in the Ignatius Insight online magazine.
Joseph Pearce's book is the first exception I have encountered. Pearce focuses on an aspect of Lewis' writing which is genuinely ambiguous - his relationship to the Catholic Church. Reared in the Ulster Protestant milieu, he had a revulsion to Roman Catholicism, which never completely left him. Yet, "papists" (e.g., Chesterton and Tolkien) played a major role in his conversion. And he embraced distinctively Catholic doctrines such as purgatory, the Blessed Sacrament and the impossibility of female priests.
Pearce asks why Lewis never became a Catholic - and whether, like many of his disciples, he would have, if he had lived longer. Although the questions cannot finally be answered, Pearce's lively attempt sheds light on a major aspect of Lewis' thought.
What gave Lewis trepidation concerning a move closer to the Catholic Church? While he does mention concern with certain Marian doctrines and elements of church authority,I think Joseph Pearce's insights into the man give us a distinct possibility for his inability to ford the Tiber. Based on the letters of C.S. Lewis and other writings of his, I also would suggest that verses such as Romans 14:21 played an important role.Read more ›
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I found the book enlightening insofar as Louis himself was concerned. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about C. S. Lewis.Published on January 8, 2014 by Lucille Wagner
Reviewer Joseph Pearce evidently has a vested interest in C. S. Lewis' conversion to Catholicism. I find him far more interested in promoting the superiority of the Catholic... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Ronald J. Aubry
Joseph Pearce gives us a very interesting book that explores the relationship of C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Josh Goode
Amazing book. I loved reading this, it was an education on why C.S. never made the jump and Joseph Pearce provided the final answer with terrific writing! Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Kristine
One paragraph from the book I think sums up the contents well. Pearce writes,
"Exactly how close to the Catholic position was he? Read more
Though well-written and well-researched, the bias of this book put me off. Mr. Pearce chronicles Lewis's friendships with Catholics and his affinities with Catholic theologians... Read morePublished on May 16, 2008 by David Landrum
CSL most likely is in purgatory:
I bought this book because I am a fan of C.S. Lewis, and still continue to read his writings. Read more
I must first begin by stating that I am reviewing from a Catholic viewpoint. I think this book should be read, however, by Protestants and Catholics alike, just as I have read... Read morePublished on April 20, 2005 by Pitti-Sing