By Sanford Schwartz
C.S. Lewis's celebrated area Trilogy - Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength - was once accomplished over sixty years in the past and has remained in print ever in view that. during this groundbreaking examine, Sanford Schwartz deals a brand new studying that demanding situations the normal view of those novels as portraying a straight forward fight among a pre-modern cosmology and the fashionable medical paradigm that supplanted it.
Schwartz situates Lewis's paintings within the context of recent highbrow, cultural, and political background. He indicates that Lewis doesn't easily brush aside the fashionable "evolutionary model," yet discriminates rigorously between other forms of evolutionary theory-"mechanistic" in Out of the Silent Planet, "vitalist" in Perelandra, and "spiritual" in That Hideous Strength-and their designated perspectives of human nature, society, and spiritual trust. Schwartz additionally exhibits that during each one e-book the clash among Christian and "developmental" viewpoints is much extra complicated than is mostly assumed. based on the Augustinian figuring out that "bad issues are great things perverted," Lewis constructs every one of his 3 "beatific" communities-the "unfallen" worlds on Mars and Venus and the terrestrial remnant at St. Anne's-not because the sheer antithesis yet particularly because the transfiguration or "raising up" of the actual evolutionary doctrine that's exact within the novel. during this appreciate, Lewis is extra deeply engaged with the most currents of recent idea than his personal self-styled photograph as an highbrow "dinosaur" may perhaps lead us to think. he's additionally way more ready to discover the chances for reshaping the evolutionary version in a fashion that's concurrently appropriate with conventional Christian doctrine and devoted to addressing the designated matters of recent existence.
C.S. Lewis at the ultimate Frontier highlights the iconic relevance of Lewis's fiction to modern matters on a wide selection of matters, together with the moral difficulties surrounding bio-technology and the conflict among non secular and naturalistic worldviews within the twenty-first century. faraway from delivering a black and white distinction among an old school Christian humanism and a newfangled heresy, the gap Trilogy may be obvious as a latest non secular apologist's looking out attempt to counterpoint the previous via severe engagement with the latter.
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