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The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
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Apr 15, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: christian, fiction
Recommended for: Christians
Read in April, 2012

This fictional story raises thought-provoking questions about Heaven, Hell, and salvation. Lewis’ insights have inspired me to think and study more about the afterlife. In the preface, Lewis makes it clear that "this is a fantasy…the transmortal conditions are solely an imaginative supposal: they are not even a guess or a speculation at what may actually await us. The last thing I wish is to arouse factual curiosity about the details of the afterworld." I’d like to do more research to learn more about Lewis’ beliefs about the afterlife.

I read this book because I saw many comparing it to Rob Bell's Love Wins (read my review). Although there are several points on which I disagree with Lewis, I feel closer to his view of Heaven and Hell than to Rob Bell’s. I differ from both authors in that I’m a Calvinist, and they’re both Arminian; Lewis believes that everyone can be saved, but not all choose to be; Bell believes that all will be saved despite themselves. Beyond that, I’ll leave the detailed theological analyses and debates to others.

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