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What if C.S. Lewis were teaching evolution in a public school?

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As readers will know, there has been some disucssion in recent years on mid-20th century Christian apologist C.S. Lewis’s views on evolution. The subject is nuanced because, while Darwin’s followers turned him off (“fanatical and twisted attitudes”), he was anxious not to get on board with a divisive anti-evolution cause.

That said, some seem not afraid to twist his words to make it sound like he was in Darwin’s camp. No doubt such persons think they are interpreting him creatively, postmodernly speaking. The Magician’s Twin explored his views at some length.

Meanwhile, a less known passage is from a letter he wrote to a Miss Breckenridge 1( August 1949):

There is no relation of any importance between the Fall and Evolution. The doctrine of Evolution is that organisms have changed, sometimes for what we call (biologically) the better . . . quite often for what we call (biologically) the worse. . . . The doctrine of the Fall is that at one particular point one species, Man, tumbled down a moral cliff. There is neither opposition nor support between the two doctrines. . . . Evolution is not only not a doctrine of moral improvements, but of biological changes, some improvements, some deteriorations. Source: Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C. S. Lewis.

Put that way (organisms have changed, for better or worse), “evolution”  isn’t a belief specific enough to support or oppose. And can you imagine the Darwin-in-the-schools lobby tolerating his approach in a textbook? Their patron saint he surely ain’t.

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2 Replies to “What if C.S. Lewis were teaching evolution in a public school?

  1. 1
    bornagain77 says:

    C.S. Lewis: creationist and anti-evolutionist
    Excerpt: In his early writings, such as in Mere Christianity (figure 3), he appeared to accept evolutionism, at least in part, but as he researched the subject, his writings reflect a vivid opposition to organic evolution, what he came to call the Great Myth.,,,
    In 1951 C S Lewis wrote that evolution was “the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives” and modern civilization. Evolution, Lewis explained, is a picture of reality that has resulted from imagination and is “not the logical result of what is vaguely called ‘modern science’.
    http://creation.com/c-s-lewis

    And even earlier in his life, Lewis’s views on evolution could hardly be considered ‘orthodox’ Darwinian views:

    C.S. Lewis – Evolution and The Christian Experience – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/7060815/

    Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
    C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, Bk. III, chap. 10, “Hope”)

    Music, Quote, and Verse:

    Brooke Fraser- “C S Lewis Song”
    http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=DL6LPLNX

    “I started to move toward the light. The way I moved, the physics, was completely different than it is here on Earth. It was something I had never felt before and never felt since. It was a whole different sensation of motion. I obviously wasn’t walking or skipping or crawling. I was not floating. I was flowing. I was flowing toward the light. I was accelerating and I knew I was accelerating, but then again, I didn’t really feel the acceleration. I just knew I was accelerating toward the light. Again, the physics was different – the physics of motion of time, space, travel. It was completely different in that tunnel, than it is here on Earth. I came out into the light and when I came out into the light, I realized that I was in heaven.”
    Barbara Springer – Near Death Experience – The Tunnel – video
    https://vimeo.com/79072924

    2 Corinthians 12:4
    that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.

  2. 2
    Barb says:

    Evolutionists generally claim that a population of animals gradually developed into a population of humans, denying that there was once only one man. However, the Bible presents a very different picture. It says that we originate from one man, Adam. The Bible account presents Adam as a historical person. It gives us the names of his wife and some of his children. It tells us in detail what he did, what he said, when he lived, and when he died.

    The fall from perfection explains why the human body, though marvelously designed, is susceptible to deformities and disease. Evolution is therefore incompatible with the Bible. Evolution presents modern man as an improving animal. The Bible presents modern man as the degenerating descendant of a perfect man.

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