C.S. Lewis

Dante, C.S. Lewis, and the Goodness of the Good

How our conservative Christians or evangelicals known? For many people, evangelicals are known primarily for what we are against. But do Christians have anything positive to say? Jim Tonkowich has written an interesting article on this, drawing from the thought of C.S. Lewis.

Lewis read Dante’s Inferno, the first book of the three-part Divine Comedy, in Italian as a teenager. He read part two, Purgatory, as he recovered from wounds received in the trenches of World War I. Finally, after giving up his atheism, but before embracing Christianity, Lewis read Paradise. “It reaches heights of poetry which you get nowhere else;” he wrote to his friend Arthur Greeves, “an ether almost too fine to breathe. It is a pity I can give you no notion what it is like.”

Lewis was overwhelmed by Dante’s dense notion of the good. As Dante the pilgrim ascends to the heights of Heaven and finally into the presence of God, Dante the poet’s description does not become wispy, vague, or airy but thick and concrete.

You can read the full article here.

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