Egomaniac Theological Society

In his interesting little book The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis has his narrator meet a respectable academic theologian who is on his way to present a paper at the local Theological Society.  In a somewhat humorous way, Lewis has the man just gushing, wanting to tell everyone what his research paper is about. By the way, it’s probably worth noting that this professor is on his way to Hell in Lewis’s story.

“But you’ve never asked me what my paper is about! I’m taking the text about growing up to the measure of the stature of Christ and working out an idea which I feel sure you’ll be interested in. I’m going to point out how people always forget that Jesus (here the Ghost bowed) was a comparatively young man when he died. He would have outgrown some of his earlier views, you know, if he’d lived. As he might have done, with a little more tact and patience. I am going to ask my audience to consider what his mature views would have been. A profoundly interesting question. What a different Christianity we might have had if only the Founder had reached his full stature! I shall end up by pointing out how this deepens the significance of the Crucifixion. One feels for the first time what a disaster it was: what a tragic waste . . . so much promise cut short.”[1]

[1] C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce (New York: Collier Books, 1946), 46.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on November 8, 2010 at 11:34 am


  2. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on November 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Oh, and that was intended in an entirely positive way.

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