|Title:||Reflections on the Psalms|
|Publisher:||Geoffrey Bles Ltd|
|Tags:||non-fiction, religion, theology|
In his Reflections on the Psalms, C. S. Lewis has developed a textbook for students supposedly from the perspective of a student—though today we view Lewis more as a master than a student. This paper offers a brief summary and review of the book itself, then discusses both its strengths and weaknesses.
As suggested in his “Introductory,” Lewis’ intent in writing this book was to deal with problems he found in the Psalms. He avoids subjects about which the majority of Christians already know—Jewish history (Lewis, 6), the life of David, etc. Instead, he uses this platform to address the struggles he personally has had with the text—judgment, vengeance, self-righteousness, etc.—and how he has resolved those issues in his own mind. He has haphazardly organized his views into eleven headings which, in short, are: Judgment, curses, death, adoring the Lord, loving the Word, connivance, nature, praise, Scripture, and second meanings both in general and in the Psalms. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples)
Clive Staples or C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a British literary scholar and novelist. He was a fellow of Magdalen College, a prestigious school at Oxford University. His strong religious background influenced such books as "The Problem of Pain" and "The Screwtape Letters". He is better known for his adult science fiction trilogy: "Out of a Silent Planet", "Perelandra", and "That Hideous Strength". This series is heavily influenced by Christian thinking and was inspired by his friendship and association with fellow writers J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Williams. But perhaps his best known stories belong to a series of children's books known as the Chronicles of Narnia which begins with "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". The series is peppered with Christian allegory and ethics and rates among the most important writing for children in the 20th century. (Oxford Companion to English Literature, Chambers Biographical Dictionary)
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