C.S. Lewis on the Destiny of Man

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This essay argues that Lewis’s work, from the beginning of his Christian writings to his death, is suffused by a vision of, and longing for, heaven as ultimate reality and so the true telos of humans. The essay traces this vision from its beginning in Lewis’s early experiences of “joy” or Sehnsucht through his quasi-gnostic belief in a world spirit beyond the reach of the material god, to its fruition in the Christian belief in the God who “became man so that man could become god.” The essay concludes by discussing the implications of this vision for Lewis’s view of the Christian life and the church.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC. S. Lewis - 50 Jahre nach seinem Tod
EditorsDieter Petzold
Place of PublicationFrankfurt
PublisherPeter Lang
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-653-04323-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-631-65142-1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameInklings-Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik


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