Was C.S. Lewis A Calvinist?Philosophy, Religion, The Gospel, Worldviews — By David Nilsen on November 14, 2012 at 7:00 am
In a previous post, I mentioned in passing that J.R.R. Tolkien, though a devout Roman Catholic, filled his works with a distinctly Reformed or Calvinistic attitude toward fate and free will. If you ask the direct question, “Was J.R.R. Tolkien a Calvinist?” the answer is obviously no. But I believe that while Tolkien clearly rejected a bad cariacture of Calvinism (human beings are mere puppets on divine strings, etc), his deeper appreciation of acient northern culture lead him to hold divine providence and human freedom in a constant tension, with neither ever overwhelming the other, but with the greater emphasis always upon providence. Without getting into the specifics of works and meriting salvation, this basic view is no less than the classic Reformed understanding of Philippians 2:12-13.
Along those same lines, Doug Wilson was recently asked if he believed that C.S. Lewis was a Calvinist. His answer is measured, quite interesting, and the evidence he brings to bear is definitely worth considering. His response is also sure to be controversial. Lewis is one of those rare figures of recent history that nearly every tradition or denomination within Christendom tries to claim as their own.
What do you think about Wilson’s response? Let’s get a lively (and civil) discussion going in the comments!