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ISBN/ASIN : 0006280560
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Release data : 04 February, 2002
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What is Heaven and Hell?
One of the strongest arguments against Christianity is often hurled at the Christian doctrine of Hell. How could a just God, much less a loving God, send anyone to eternal torment? In "The Great Divorce" Lewis presents a different picture of Heaven and Hell-- one that focuses on human free will and the consequences of our own choices. For example, the prideful, mean-spirited man is already in a sort of Hell. The humble, thankful, kind-hearted man is already in a sort of Heaven. "The Great Divorce" takes the reader beyond the fire-and-brimstone pictures of Hell and the streets-of-gold pictures of Heaven to a place of pure spirituality. "The Great Divorce" is MUST reading, a truly great book. Also recommended: "Castle of Wisdom" by Rhett Ellis- a quirky Christian book that will make you laugh and cry.
Sojourn in a Brilliant World
Lewis's theological document is written in the form of an adventure story. I recognize the book as a brilliant religious allegory, but I read it at face value, as I would a fairy tale. I loved the first page; Lewis has a gift for sharp, clear visual imagery and his description of the Gray Town drew me into a fascinating dreamland. I was addicted to Lewis's writing style from the beginning.
Readers have compared The Great Divorce to Dante's Divine Comedy (which I also read for fun), and I agree with them. The beauty of the elaborate worlds and magical events makes both journeys in the afterlife captivating.
Well-written, thought provoking, and reassuring.
A very thought-provoking book, which cleverly marries the Catholic idea of purgatory with the Protestant view of Heaven and Hell. It seems to rather detach God from the proceedings, but for those worried about the implications of Hell it is reassuring- not that Hell is made out to be any less terrible, but the nature of Hell and the reasons for people being sent there are made all the more clear. Answers common objections made regarding the doctrine of Hell; maybe more interesting for the Christian, but strongly recommended to all. A Lewis classic.
I haven't given it five stars because it isn't very self-contained; it asks as well as answers a lot of questions. Perhaps this is just the nature of the afterlife as a topic, however.