Melissa Cain Travis, who teaches at Houston Baptist University, often has great things to say. I was not surprised when she recently wrote an article on the greater writer G.K. Chesterton.
In The Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton argues that man, as a species, is different in kind, not just degree, from all other living creatures. Man’s origin, he says, is one of the three grand mysteries of the cosmos, along with the birth of the universe itself and the emergence of the first life. Endowed with rationality and free will, mankind exploded onto the scene and “a third bridge was built across a third abyss of the unthinkable…not merely an evolution, but rather a revolution.”
C.S. Lewis was by no means anti-Roman Catholic. He had a number of very close friends who were Catholic, not least of whom was J.R.R. Tolkien. Despite his deep respect and love for Catholics, Lewis chose to be an Anglican rather than a Roman Catholic.
Melissa Cain Travis has written a very interesting post on why Lewis was not a Roman Catholic. It is worth a read.
I’ve done quite a bit of biographical reading on Lewis, and one of the things I love about him is how well he related to Christians of other traditions. He truly lived out his “mere Christianity” philosophy, which so beautifully reflects Christ’s heart for the universal church. It is a philosophy that I strive to emulate both professionally and on a personal level. As a champion for the mere Christianity ethos, Lewis very rarely wrote publicly about why his chosen “room” of Christendom was Anglicanism, or why he chose Protestantism over Roman Catholicism. However, he carried out private conversations and correspondence with his academic colleagues, acquaintances, and friends who were Roman Catholic laypersons or clergy about why he was so firmly Protestant. Importantly, he did so without being argumentative and with admirable graciousness.
Hopefully you will be getting some vacation time this summer, where you can relax and enjoy a good book. I sometimes get teased that my relaxing reading is no different from my work reading. That does not bother me one bit!
I asked some people about their summer reading plans and apparently I’m not unique in my tastes. Take a look at what they are reading and perhaps you will find some ideas for your own reading list.