By Sanford Schwartz
C.S. Lewis's celebrated house Trilogy - Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous power - was once accomplished over sixty years in the past and has remained in print ever when you consider that. during this groundbreaking learn, Sanford Schwartz deals a brand new analyzing that demanding situations the normal view of those novels as portraying a uncomplicated fight among a pre-modern cosmology and the fashionable clinical paradigm that supplanted it.Schwartz situates Lewis's paintings within the context of contemporary highbrow, cultural, and political historical past. He exhibits that Lewis doesn't easily brush off the trendy "evolutionary model," yet discriminates conscientiously between other kinds of evolutionary theory-"mechanistic" in Out of the Silent Planet, "vitalist" in Perelandra, and "spiritual" in That Hideous Strength-and their particular perspectives of human nature, society, and spiritual trust. Schwartz additionally indicates that during each one publication the clash among Christian and "developmental" viewpoints is way extra complicated than is usually assumed. in response to the Augustinian knowing that "bad issues are good stuff perverted," Lewis constructs each one of his 3 "beatific" communities-the "unfallen" worlds on Mars and Venus and the terrestrial remnant at St. Anne's-not because the sheer antithesis yet fairly because the transfiguration or "raising up" of the actual evolutionary doctrine that's distinctive within the novel. during this appreciate, Lewis is extra deeply engaged with the most currents of recent concept than his personal self-styled snapshot as an highbrow "dinosaur" may lead us to think. he's additionally way more ready to discover the probabilities for reshaping the evolutionary version in a fashion that's concurrently appropriate with conventional Christian doctrine and devoted to addressing the certain matters of recent existence.C.S. Lewis at the ultimate Frontier highlights the iconic relevance of Lewis's fiction to modern issues on a large choice of matters, together with the moral difficulties surrounding bio-technology and the conflict among non secular and naturalistic worldviews within the twenty-first century. faraway from providing a black and white distinction among an old school Christian humanism and a newfangled heresy, the gap Trilogy can be obvious as a latest spiritual apologist's looking out attempt to counterpoint the previous via serious engagement with the latter.