Posts Tagged ‘C.S. Lewis’

The Great Divorce: Freely Refusing Joy

By Mitchell Kalpakgian

“And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind—is, in the end, Hell.”

“For a damned soul is nearly nothing: it is shrunk, shut up in itself.”—C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

In these quotations, C. S. Lewis in The Great Divorce distinguishes between the Ghosts who have chosen to live in the Grey City and the Spirits who have entered the Bright...

The “Danger” of Positive Pleasures

“And now for your blunders. On your own showing, you first of all allowed the patient to read a book he really enjoyed, because he enjoyed it and not in order to make clever remarks about it to his new friends. In the second place you allowed him to walk down to the old mill and have tea there—a walk through a country he really likes, taken alone. In other words, you allowed him two positive...

Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.

The man wrote: “Speak both to the powerful and to every man—whoever he may be—appropriately and without affectation. Use plain language. Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go. Order your life well in every single...

Body Ownership Issues?

Two Belgian twins were recently euthanized together in December 2012. They were deaf and only learned recently that they would soon be blind. Since they could not see and hear each other, they chose to commit suicide. Euthanasia is permissible under Belgian law if “the patient is in a medically futile condition of constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated, resulting from a serious...

Parenting for the Sterile

I do not wish to offer any facile answers or consolations for those suffering from infertility. The cross for those having none or less children than they would wish is a heavy one; it takes much grieving and it is a long process to accept this suffering and to find inner peace in Christ. This is no sign of moral weakness, but simply the consequence of intense pain.

To tell infertile couples that they...

Aristotle and Aquinas: The Vital Difference

An easy, but accurate way of distinguishing the ethics of Aristotle from that of Aquinas lies in examining the fundamental questions they ask. Aristotle’s ethics is the protracted answer to three basic questions:

(1) Who am I?  (2) How should I live?  (3) Where am I going?

To these questions, Aristotle responds by explaining that we are social beings; that we should live a life of virtue in accordance with reason; and that...