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read Reflections on the PsalmsLewis the higher critic Dare I say the heretic I kept hoping I would find one chapter in this book to embrace but the entire volume turned out to be reflections of a C S Lewis I had not anticipated To his credit Lewis introduces the book by stating that he is no scholar no Hebraist he also says no higher critic but that I take as a technicality since he certainly employs higher critical reasoning throughout but rather one unlearned writing for the unlearned Of course the fact is that C S Lewis is about the most NOT unlearned author of the 20th century so I expected this to be a humble overstatement considering Hebrew poetry is not his primary area of study I suppose I should have taken the statement literally The main flaw in Lewis s approach is that he views Old Testament Judaism and New Testament Christianity as two completely separate radically ifferent religions At times he almost speaks as though they have The Mommy Makeover differenteities From a Jewish scholar I would expect as much but not from a Christian one I would even expect this from a higher critic but I The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives didn t expect Lewis to BE a higher critic you see How can he accept New Testament miracles including the resurrection buteny that the Psalms were written with any kind of real prophetic purpose It irks me how he assumes the ancient Jews were several rungs lower on the intellectual ladder and he A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, does assume this for he writes as though they were shortsighted in their writing seeing only an immediate purpose and cruelly brutal and selfish in their ideas Divine inspiration for the Psalms is reduced to the notion that maybe we as Christians see things in them that were never really intended but still have value for us personally If you want a Christological view of the Psalms try Luther Lewis gets so entangled in trying to solveifficulties that he mostly misses a genuine Christian reading of the Psalms Here is proof positive that no beloved Christian author s entire canon should be accepted without study of its individual parts I love being in the mind of the great CS Lewis I think we elight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment it is its appointed consummation The Scotch catechism says that man s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever But we shall then know that these are the same thing Fully to enjoy is to glorify In commanding us to glorify Him God is inviting us to enjoy Him Reflections on the Psalms was unlike any other CS Lewis book I ve read mostly because he rarely writes irectly about Scripture But he brilliantly illuminated my own ualms and uneasiness about the raw ualities rarely writes The Palliser Novels directly about Scripture But he brilliantly illuminated my own ualms and uneasiness about the raw ualities the Psalms theesire for revenge the claims of innocence before God our cries of Men And Gods In Mongolia despair in suffering Because of Lewis background as a medievalist and professor of literature he approaches the Psalms ancient literature itself with a completely fresh perspective He stimulated my thoughts in new ways witheeper appreciation both for the authors of the Psalms and the God they praise Reading Reflections was a fulfillment of June s pick for thecslewisproject my own personal challenge to read 12 books from my Lewis collection I m so glad it s helping me tackle Lewis lesser known but eually rich books 5% Done UPDATEI m 5% Hunter Killer (Pike Logan done with Reflections on the Psalms I never ever stopped to think before about theifference between judges in Old Testament times versus judges in our very modern times We expect impartiality no graft and so forth Our system is so Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, different from the OT Jewish system that it is no wonder we need mental adjustment before comprehending why their view of God s judgment is so much joyous than our own Completelyifferent POV Fascinating25% Done UPDATEI found myself looking at various psalms this morning with a completely new appreciation For one thing I was really enjoying seeing the two line emphasis on most points I have known about this special sort of poetry but considering psalms with Lewis #Made Me Just Appreciate How #me just appreciate how poets wrote these to give special emphasis and The Friend Zone definition to what they were saying More importantly possibly I found myself thinking of them not as The Psalms but as songs written by individual people People like me who probably found words inadeuate as oneoes when trying to express the ineffable or when trying to put one s own effable feelings into speech And that made them so much approachable than when I ve been told as I have so often that these are a good way to pray They probably are a good way to pray but one couldn t have found a off putting way to make me think of them as it was often very Flying Scotsman Manual difficult to enter into the psalmists particular feelings of the moment30% Done UPDATEListening to Lewis s thoughts on expressing the sheer joy of the Lord wereirectly responsible for one of the most joyful early morning walks I ve ha. 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Clapping Their Hands Brooks Jumping For Joy I Ve Probablytheir hands brooks jumping for joy I ve probably it wrong but that s what I recall rang through my head as I walked watched flocks flying heard mockingbird mating songs and saw the radiance of the awn The joy of the Lord in His creation sings aloud 75% Done UPDATEI am not sure why Mere Christianity is so often mentioned and Reflections on the Psalms is a book I had to iscover on my own Discussing his own problems about the Psalms Lewis clears up a lot of unarticulated problems I myself have often had with relating to God #and the faithful Chapter 8 about
PRAISING GOD SHOT A BOLT OFGod shot a bolt of faithful Chapter 8 about praising God shot a bolt of into what the psalmists actually meant Brilliant Not my favorite Lewis book I am on a uest to read everything he wrote and this has been on my shelf for many years My son read it years ago as a young teen and id not like it at all Now I understand why It still has all the lovely Lewis conversations but some of his reasoning on the Psalms seem to take away the mystery if that were possible The Psalms are my favorite book of the Bible and though Lewis is my favorite author his thoughts here Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex did not make me love the Psalms or less An English Professor s Thoughts on the Psalms20 February 2014 I would have to say that the thing that I appreciated the most about this book was that Lewis opened it by saying that he was not writing this book as a theologian since by his own admission he is not a theologian but rather that he is writing this book as a normal person and even in saying that he is suggesting that he is not the colossus of English literature that he actually is The second point is that in writing he actually writes in a very simple and easy to understand way indicating that he is in fact a master of the English language but then those of us who are familiar with his children s books already understand that This book is basically a collection of notes exploring a number of themes relating to the Psalms which are basically a collection of one hundred and fifty Hebrew songs that located in the Bible Lewis as I indicated and as he said is not exploring them as a theologian but rather as a Christian who happens to be a university lecturer and a professor of the English language This is what I really appreciate about Lewis Christian writings because he is not restrained in the way that theologians tend to be restrained and alsoue to the fact that he is a marvellous writer Reflections on the Psalms is a case in point While a number of the ideas that he explores are theological which is something you simply cannot escape from when you are writing a book about a section of the Bible he goes outside of the general area in which most theologians restrain themselves and that is pretty much the Bible and writings of theologians who have written on the Bible I would have said written before them but if you are writing a book and citing a source it is pretty clear that the source you are citing was written before you had written your work I have never heard of a scholar citing a source that was written after he or she was writing After reading this book I have come to understand why there is actually an underlying hatred of Lewis among some sections of the fundamentalist Christian circle and I have read some very scathing attacks against him almost as scathing as the attacks that the Pharisees levelled against Christ First of all he admits to believing in purgatory but as one Christian that I know said the only objection that he had against Catholicism is their worship of Mary and the saints Everything else he believes is compatible with the Evangelical church with which I agree Another thing that struck me was how Lewis considers a number of the pagan writers to be what some people call pre Christian Christians and among these writers he includes Plato Socrates and Virgil What is interesting is how Lewis Graphic Design For Everyone does not necessarily see anything wrong with some of the pagan beliefs but rather he considers that the beliefs areistorted versions of the gospel which have been Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, distortedue to humanity s innate rejection of God For instance he points to some of the instances of the Sweetland death a resurrection of a Pagan hero Adonis though I tend to have a much longer list than heoes He also points to the reign of Ankhenaten in Egypt which is suggestive of a significant tectonic shift in the theological views of the Pharoah one that his successors went to extreme lengths to scrub him and his ideas from the face of the Earth I won t go any further into this as I have and will continue to Art of Laurel and Hardy discuss my views on this elsewhere The final thing that I wish toiscuss is the idea of cursing and judgement in the Psalms Now Lewis is uite right when he considers that the Jewish mind saw themselves as an aggrieved victim wanting justice from a Out that the Psalms are poems intended to be sung not Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, doctrinal treatises or sermons Proceeding with his chara.