I say C.S. Lewis had an impoverished imagination. Why? Because he could not imagine a world without war. And you know, if you can’t have a world without war, you can’t have a world without the nation-state.
Yes I know his context, he lived through World War I and World War II. Did you know there was a Congressperson who voted against both wars? #justsayin…….
I do not have anything personal against C.S. Lewis fans; I am just a pacifist, what can I say, and C.S. Lewis hated Christian non-violence, and he simply misunderstands pacifism too– take a look at T.C. Moore’s series from last year.
God bless yah if your walk has been blessed by Lewis, but on the issue of perpetual war, he is wrong, and way off base.
I find it funny that proponents of just war are first and foremost, anti-pacifist, and in their anti-pacifism, seek to misconstrue our positions every time they can. I don’t think it’s fair, but whatever, they are the majority, and might makes right.
Take for example Stanley Hauerwas’ reading of Lewis, who understood that “pacifists seem to hold the view that wars do more harm than good” and that pacifists would have the community “part company with Homer, Virgil, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and Montaigne, with the sagas of Iceland and Egypt.” Hauerwas does not put it this way, but I will for him–pacifists acknowledge that we must abandon the colonizing meta-narratives that empires depend upon. Hauerwas (and I would agree as a fellow Christian) makes the case that Lewis’ has not taken seriously enough what it means to be a disciple of our LORD.
For more read Hauerwas’ latest blog post: Why C.S. Lewis couldn’t imagine a world without war