CS Lewis & Nature


June 13 2012

Lewis has stated that only a super-naturalist can ever really truly see nature. The basic reasoning behind this type of view is that to super-naturalists the whole of creation, which includes both nature and men, is something of an epiphany. It is God’s love made manifest in his attributes. Such various attributes of his can be found all throughout nature—beauty, order, intelligence, love, unity, reason, power, harmony, etc.

Such a perspective results, or at least should result, in admiration, respect, awe, and submission of human reasoning and will. The very fabric of creation has been woven through the fabric of who God is, and we are therefore presented with an invitation to peer into divine nature through physical nature. Through nature we are offered a very cursory taste of God’s goodness and mystery.

It is interesting to notice Lewis’s affinity to parables and analogies. He seems to very frequently resort to such literary tactics in order to best convey his message to his audience, who in most cases are plain folk. In fact, perhaps his most publicized work, The Chronicles of Narnia, is itself entirely allegorical fantasy, paralleling real life and biblical events. Likewise, Jesus filled the New Testament with parables, using earthly situations to teach heavenly concepts. This speaks to the parallel between divine nature and earthly nature.

CS Lewis & Nature
David Steltz

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