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C.S. Lewis as a Moral Teacher

Byron C. Lambert
Professor of Philosophy, Retired
Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Abstract

C.S. Lewis maintains that a universal moral law exists in which people
everywhere have believed. Using the historic concept of “natural law” to
explain this, Lewis goes on to show that no new moral principles can ever
be invented and that whatever appears to be novel in morality, if genuine,
is only a development from within the natural law itself. The superiority
of Christian morality consists in its accent on humility, agape-
love, and the spiritual power which identification with Christ can bring.
While most people behave themselves most of the time, they have
a weak sense of why they do so. This is true of Christians as well as non-
Christians.

 
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