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The Great Divorce
by C.S. Lewis
by C.S. Lewis
Jun 27, 12
The Great Divorce is an interesting read, to be sure, and one that requires more of a spiritual grounding than reading some of Lewis' other works, like The Screwtape Letters or Mere Christianity. There are some good points in this book, such as showing that those in heaven continue to exemplify Christ in ever-maturing perfection and how those in hell only become more focused on themselves. One thing that may give some readers pause is Lewis' notion that those who have sinned are given a second chance post-mortem. According to some traditions, including the one I belong to, this is not Biblical teaching and deviates from what is laid out in scripture. Lewis points out that once a person has died and made the trip to heaven, what they exemplified in life will be amplified in eternity, so a mass murderer or a rapist who was only out for personal gain would not have a heart change in heaven. Still, I had to approach the reading with a grain of salt. Other than that point, Lewis does an incredible job in portraying a piece of the perfection of heaven, as well as a piece of the misery in hell, and the tension caused by our necessity to make a choice of where to stay (Even refusing to choose is, in itself, a choice). While not for those who are young or not deeply rooted in the faith or in church doctrine, this book has some good truths in it that hold regardless of some of the other material.
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