[Edit: I wrote this blog on about 2 hours of sleep and the half of the conversation I was quoting was that attributed to tolkien, and the conversation is fictional. I have thought for years Lewis’ apologetics were fluff though, but this blog does not illustrate that point so much as illustrate that the people promoting his apologetics today are using a rolodex of logical fallacies to do so.]
I just left this comment on someone’s blog in response to a big long conversation posted between CS lewis and JRR tolkien:
“Oh, Jack, myths are not lies! In fact, they are the very opposite of a lie. Myths convey the essential truth, the primal reality of life itself.”
This is the only statement I actually agree with in this entire thing, but I think that myths convey deeper truths when not taken literally. Everything I’ve read of CS Lewis’ apologetics sounds like empty hot air and illogical statements to me. For instance, I’ll give some quotes and list the logical fallacies:
“Most emphatically not! Jack, the four walls of materialism are the four walls of a prison, and the materialists are our jailers! Don’t you see? They’ve put us in a prison, a prison of four walls.”
“But what you don’t understand is that we make things by the law in which we are made. We create because we are created. Creativity, imagination, is God’s imageness in us. We tell stories because God is a storyteller. In fact, He is the Storyteller. We tell our stories with words. He tells His story with history. The facts of history are His words, and Providence is His storyline.”
“…and yet it is this true story that makes sense of all the other stories. It is the archetype. It is the story in which all the other stories have their source, and the story to which all the other stories point.”
This is the same fallacies above rolled into one with a dash of ethnocentrism sprinkled in for seasoning. The idea that christianity is the first story to have a major plot reversal or be about failure and redemption etc is just ignorant nonsense. Bear in mind I’m skipping over the many areas where he repeats the same fallacies, particularly circular reasoning and affirming the consequent.
“There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true…”
“…and none which so many skeptical men have accepted as true on its own merits.”
“And to reject this leads either to darkness or to wrath.”
“And in my own life it has led me from darkness to Light.”
If I listed every fallacy line by line including the repeats of the same fallacies, virtually everything he said is a fallacy.