Prompted by my browsing while tracking down the quote for the previous post: whenever I encounter strong dislike of Lewis by someone who identifies as Christian, I wonder if a fear of self-examination is what is really in play. (Particularly if it’s Screwtape or Great Divorce. Not everyone likes fantasy and science fiction, after all. And writers from another era often send up things that are a bit jarring and take a moment to absorb. See Lewis On The Reading Of Old Books, his introduction to Athanasius’ On The Incarnation. )
I’m estimating it’s at least 75%. They fall into a few broad categories, a fundamentalist version and a modern social/political version being most prominent. Inability to hear, inability to question one’s premises, inability to evaluate one’s motives – yeah, you could see why Lewis would be the last person you wanted to read, and you’d need to get your rationalisations up and running quickly.
Here’s another quote, related to the last post.But flippancy is the best of all. In the first place it is very economical. Only a clever human can make a real Joke about virtue, or indeed about anything else; any of them can be trained to talk as if virtue were funny. Among flippant people the Joke is always assumed to have been made. No one actually makes it; but every serious subject is discussed in a manner which implies that they have already found a ridiculous side to it. If prolonged, the habit of Flippancy builds up around a man the finest armour plating against the Enemy that I know, and it is quite free from the dangers inherent in the other sources of laughter. It is a thousand miles away from joy; it deadens, instead of sharpening, the intellect; and it excites no affection between those who practise it. (The Screwtape Letters, 1942)