Contra C.S. Lewis

By Todd Lewis

Sometime in the year 1940, C.S Lewis delivered a talk entitled “Why I Am Not a Pacifist” to a now-unknown group of English pacifists, where he made his case against the practice of Christian pacifism in light of the horrors wrought by Nazi Germany. While C.S. Lewis is a beloved apologist among the Christian community today, the egregious errors and fallacies in this shoddy and poorly thought-out work has driven me to take up the pen to write a rebuttal in defense of Christian pacifism. I open by discussing Lewis’ theory of knowledge and then discuss his judgments on pacifism when he applies his theory of knowledge to this problem.

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