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See C.S. Lewis, "Private Bates," in Present Concerns
(New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986), p. 46.
C. S. Lewis, Letters of C.S. Lewis, ed. with a memoir by W.
H. Lewis (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1966), p. 235.
Lewis, quoted in William Griffin, Clives Staples Lewis: A Dramatic
Life (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1986), p. 137.
Gresham's views as recounted by Chad Walsh in The Literary
Legacy of C.S.Lewis (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979), p. 15.
C.S. Lewis, "Lines During a General Election," in
Poems (London: Geoffrey Bles, 1964), p. 62.
Lewis, Letters, p. 179.
See, for example, "The Pains of Animals," "Dangers
of National Repentance," "Vivisection," "The Humanitarian
Theory of Punishment," "Delinquents in the Snow," "Is
Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare State," in God in
the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, ed. by Walter Hooper (Grand Rapids,
Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1970), pp. 161--171, 189--192,
287--300, 306--310, 311--316; "Why I am Not a Pacifist," "The
Inner Ring," in The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses, rev. edition,
ed. by Walter Hooper (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1980), pp. 33--53,
93--105; "A Reply to Professor Haldane," in C.S. Lewis on Stories
and Other Essays on Literature, ed. by Walter Hooper (New York: Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich, 1982), p. 69--79; all the essays in Present Concerns.
For Lewis's view of both the extreme right and the extreme
left see "To the Author of Flowering Rifle," in Poems, p. 65;
and Stuart Barton Babbage, "To the Royal Air Force," in Carolyn
Keefe, C.S. Lewis: Speaker and Teacher (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971),
p. 67. Also noteworthy is a letter Lewis wrote in 1933 condemning Hitler's
persecution of the Jews. See They Stand Together: The Letters of C.S. Lewis
to Arthur Greeves (1914--1963), ed. by Walter Hooper (New York: Macmillan
Publishing Co., 1979), p. 468.
For Lewis's argument as to why this is the case, see C. S.
Lewis, Miracles: A Preliminary Study (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co.,
1960), pp. 14--15.
"Is Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare
State," p. 316.
C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy--Tale for
Grown--Ups (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1965).
C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (New York: Macmillan Publishing
Co., 1955), see in particular, pp. 65--91.
See The Abolition of Man, pp. 86--87; "A Reply to Professor
Haldane," pp. 72--73, 74.
That Hideous Strength, p. 57; see also Lewis's comments about
Hingest in "A Reply to Professor Haldane," p. 73.
That Hideous Strength, p. 71.
That Hideous Strength, p. 70.
"Is Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare
State," p. 315.
For examples of this view see Carl F. H. Henry, God, Revelation
and Authority (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1983), VI: 423--427; Greg L. Bahnsen,
By This Standard: The Authority of God's Law Today (Tyler, Texas: Institute
for Christian Economics, 1985), 2--4, 12--28, but note concessions on 141,
171; John W. Whitehead, "The Dangers in Natural Law," Action:
A Monthly Publication of The Rutherford Institute, November 1991, 3, 7;
Bryce J. Christensen, "Against the Wall: Why Character Education Is
Failing in American Schools," in School Based Clinics and Other Critical
Issues in Public Education, ed. by Barrett L. Mosbacker (Westchester, IL:
Crossway Books, 1987), 122--123; Barrett L. Mosbacker, "The Christian,
Morality, and Public Policy," in School Based Clinics, 181--214.
C.S. Lewis, "On Ethics," in Christian Reflections
(Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1967),
pp. 44 and 46.
John W. Whitehead, "Law and Nature," in The Second
American Revolution (Elgin, Illinois: David C. Cook Publishing Company,
1982), pp. 185.
Lewis, Letters, p. 177.
Romans 2:14--15 [NIV].
C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval
and Renaissance Literature (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1964),
"Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those
who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole
world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous
in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious
of sin." [Romans 3: 19--20, NIV] Paul implicitly seems to include the
natural law in his discussion here. For he says that the law speaks to "those
under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held
accountable to God." But the "whole world" obviously includes
the Gentiles as well as the Jews; and the only "law " they know
(and the only law that they are "under") is the one "by nature."
C. S. Lewis, "On Ethics," pp. 46--47.
C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (New York: Macmillan Publishing
Co., 1962), p. 39; also see Lewis's argument in "The Poison of Subjectivism,"
in Christian Reflections, particularly pp. 78--80.
C. S. Lewis, "Why I am Not a Pacifist," in The Weight
of Glory, p. 53. The passage in Aristotle which Lewis is recalling can be
found in the Nicomachean Ethics, 1094b. Lewis explicitly refers to this
passage in "A Reply to Professor Haldane," p. 76.
"A Reply to Professor Haldane," p. 76.
For a development of this idea, see Thomas G. West, "Comment
on Richard John Neuhaus's 'Religion and the Enlightenments: Joshing Mr.
Rorty.'" Prepared for the conference on "The Ambiguous Legacy
of the Enlightenment," sponsored by the Claremont Institute, Claremont,
California, January 27, 1990.
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