The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
CS Lewis was a master essayist, who offered some bracing defenses of orthodox Christian thought and practice at a time when liberalism was already at high tide in his academic circles. Cogent and colorful, this book is a collection of essays:
1. The Weight of glory, in which he ties God's glory to the joy we desire but never fully achieve.
2. Learning in War time, a lecture to students during the war, making the case for continuing the pursuit of culture and vocation during wartime.
3. Why I am not a pacifist, in which he explains... why he is not a pacifist.
4. Transposition, a glorious take the relation between physical and spiritual, sensations and emotions, our resurrected body compared with our present one.
5. Is Theology Poetry? in which he rejects believing the theology because it is beautiful.
6. The Inner Ring, probably the most insightful essay on the temptation of all people no matter how old, to work for acceptance by the "in crowd," however you define that. He dissects the lure of the world, and the pride of life.
7. Membership, on how the Church as participating in the body of Christ keeps us from individualism and collectivism. Right up the political wonk's alley. If you wonder how to handle Acts 2:42-44 as a political conservative, read this.
8. On forgiveness, a short sermon on forgiving real faults, not rationalizing away people's offenses so there is really nothing to forgive.
9. A Slip of the Tongue, another sermon, facing honestly our desire to not commit too much to God before it hurts us in the "real" world.
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