Further Up and Further In : Orthodox Conversations with C. S. Lewis on Scripture and Theology

Further Up and Further In : Orthodox Conversations with C. S. Lewis on Scripture and Theology

Posted by jack_miller | Published 9 months ago

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By: Edith M. Humphrey

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Drawing on Lewis s broad corpus, both his beloved classics and his less well-known writings, Humphrey brings Lewis into conversation with Orthodox thinkers from the ancient past down to the present day, on subjects as diverse and challenging as the nature of reality, miracles, the ascetic life, the atonement, the last things, and the mystery of male and female.
In the introduction, Dr. Humphrey laments the general lack of a classical education and how reading Lewis without one limits the fullness of our reward. We can add familiarity of the Scriptures to that, and add Shakespeare as an additional literary target where both are profitable —

“You, mistress,
That have the office opposite to Saint Peter,
And keep the gate of hell!” (Othello, 4.2.107-109)

Just as the true shape of an object is revealed by being illuminated from all angles, the stories of C. S. Lewis are valuable aids in expanding our two-dimensional view from the page to the three-dimensional Reality of the “the Existing One” and His personal relation to His creation.

Ultimately, Lewis’s stories remind us that we have no reality apart from God, and that there are paths of thought that are lawful and paths that we must avoid. That these warnings come from the mouths of fanciful creatures of myth is of no import – we are freed from our self-imposed moorings as we follow their adventures in fantastic worlds.

The writing is clear, concise, and insightful, with recurrent threads highlighting the commonality between the theology of Lewis and Orthodoxy. As the author suggests, reading the works of Lewis makes reading this work more profitable. It is unlikely that another author possesses the breadth and depth of Dr. Humphrey’s knowledge of Lewis and has the dedication and special gift to synthesize it all into a highly readable book.

- noah_johnson

Edith M. Humphrey offers a feast for any lover of Lewis or the Inklings. We listen to a fellow lover as she shares what she has seen and loved in Lewis. We listen to a careful biblical and theological scholar who brings us into conversation with Orthodox theologians. We consider the nature of our world, our role as sub-creators, how both contemporary thought and our fallen natures color our thought and lives, and the grand purposes revealed in the Grand Miracle, the Great Exchange, and our future hope. The title is fitting. The whole book invites us to join Lewis in pressing, “further up and further in.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

- princeton_brown

An interesting book to read,but not one that you can sit down to read [n one sitting

- dakota_baker

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