A Balanced View of C. S. Lewis

I want to commend you for printing J. I. Packer’s column on C. S. Lewis. [“What Lewis Was and Wasn’t,” Jan. 15]. It’s the first balanced article on Lewis I’ve ever seen. A few months ago I read an article praising Lewis as an evangelist to the intellectuals. That’s going a bit far! As Packer pointed out, Lewis had a great intellect and was marvelous at communicating the reasonableness of Christianity and the moral demands of discipleship, but he was hardly a standard-issue evangelical. With his “non-penal view of the Atonement, his nonmention of justification, his belief in purgatory,” I find it difficult to think of him as “evangelical.”

REV. TONY TROUP

Herington, Kans.

I’m writing to express my strong disagreement with J. I. Packer’s opinion of C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength. I realize that for me to say I like the book means no more than for someone else to say he thinks it’s hideous. I just enjoy the book enough to want to protest the harsh and brief dismissal it received. There are so many completely hideous books around, that to call this one hideous seems to me an exaggeration.

PAMELA EUBANK

Pandora, Ohio

Is forgiveness the difference?

Philip Yancey’s experience in Washington [“We Have No Right to Scorn,” Jan. 15] certainly was interesting, and he raises some deep questions. However, the last paragraph raises another question: Is the only difference between the Christian and the non-Christian forgiveness? If Jesus is truly our Lord and Savior, if we’re really repentant, if we’re saved for works (Eph. 2:10), if we have the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t ...

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