C. S. Lewis and Death

"Death is ... Satan's great weapon and also God's great weapon: it is holy and unholy; our supreme disgrace and our only hope; the thing Christ came to conquer and the means by which He conquered." -- C.S. Lewis The juxtaposition of death as both a blessing and a curse highlights Lewis's dealing with the topic in Miracles. This can be seen as Lewis's philosophical dealings with the issue, which stand in stark contrast with his existential dealings as seen in A Grief Observed. In the first, he deals with death briefly but from a non-personal detached perspective that is common when dealing with topics from a merely philosophical perspective. In the latter, he is a grieving husband for whom death is not a topic but a deeply personal experience. Here the topic of death seems far more negative than positive. Is one perspective more accurate than the other? Is one perspective more realistic than the other? Is it an either/or issue where we must conclude that Lewis was closer to the truth in one and not the other? Or is it an issue where we can conclude that Lewis has been equally effective and accurate in both dealings? I believe both works contribute significantly to the issue of death and I will argue that we must consider both works to be accurate from the perspective they are written.

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