Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Pilgrim's Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason and Romanticism

I've often heard it said that because C.S. Lewis was so shaken by his defeat in his debate with Elizabeth Anscombe on the existence of God that he stopped writing apologetical material and resorted to writing fiction in order to promote Christianity. C.S. Lewis expert Jerry Root points out that C.S. Lewis' first apologetical work was in the form of this allegorical fiction. So, it wasn't a retreat. In fact, according to Root, Lewis wrote 36 essays on apologetics before the debate, and 34 essays after the debate. So. the evidence goes contrary to the common claim.

Jerry Root makes the above point in his enlightening lecture below at 13 minutes and 4 seconds:

“Unfallen Worlds: Malacandra and Perelandra” - Jerry Root

The below link is to Lewis' book: The Pilgrim's Regress: An   Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason and Romanticism