Saturday, November 24, 2012
Died peacefully the same day as President Kennedy. My guess is like a lot of old-school British things he’s got more American fans than British, considering how anti-religious Britain’s become. I like him. I read Narnia as a kid and Mere Christianity and Screwtape as a young man. Interesting: Mr Via Media, quintessentially Anglican, good and bad; more Catholic than his legions of Protestant fans (he went to an Anglo-Catholic parish because it was his territorial parish; he went to confession and believed in purgatory) but short of Catholicism, and lifelong anti-Rome (he was ethnic English from Northern Ireland). By the way, Tolkien, a sound Catholic, thought Narnia was a dumb preachy ripoff of his fiction and I think he and Lewis fell out over it. (Never got into Lord of the Rings.) Plenty of speculation what he’d do today. Get over his prejudice and become Catholic? Sell out and go along with Anglicanism’s changes? The convert Orthodox, often ex-Protestants, want to claim him too. I have no idea what would have happened. Maybe settled in with the C of E Evangelicals. I imagine if he were an American he might have gone Missouri Synod.