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Friday, October 23, 2015
C. S. Lewis on The Death of the West
Inaugural Lecture from The Chair of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, 1954
De Descriptione Temporum
But roughly speaking we may say that whereas all history was for our ancestors divided into two periods, the Pre-Christian and the Christian, and two only, for us it falls into three-the Pre-Christian, the Christian, and what may reasonably be called the post-Christian. This surely must make a momentous difference. I am not here considering either the christening or the Un-christening from a theological point of view. I am considering them simply as cultural changes. When I do that, it appears to me that the second change is even more radical than the first. Christians and Pagans had much more in common with each other than either has with a post-Christian. The gap between those who worship different gods is not so wide as that between those who worship and those who do not. See my E Book Healing Release of the Holy Spirit on basic theology.