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A Look at C. S. Lewis

The August/September, 2006, Newsletter of the Southern View Chapel surveys the doctrinal stands of C. S. Lewis (1899-1963). The popularity of both the fictional and non-fictional works of Lewis is at an unprecedented high. His "Chronicles of Narnia" were just made into a popular film and his praise is almost everywhere acclaimed. Perhaps it would be good to know the theological views of this man. Here are some of them.

Lewis believed in theistic evolution, that God used evolution to create man. It comes at no surprise then that he denied the literal accuracy of Adam and Eve and the record of the fall of man. He did not believe in the infallibility of the scriptures--not even of the originals. Lewis did not believe in the substitutionary atonement of Christ; that is, that Christ died in our place to pay for our sins. His idea of salvation is that it comes from baptism, belief, and the Lord's supper. He believed that some moral non-Christians would be saved and he denied eternal security. This is the man whose writings have become the darling of evangelicals today. He stands as another sign of our times.