15 September 2012

Too Hedonistic

C. S. Lewis, in a 1941 letter to a theology professor at Oxford, alluding to his book The Problem of Pain--
I wasn't writing on the Problem of Pleasure! If I had been you might find my views too hedonistic. I would say that every pleasure (even the lowest) is a likeness to, even, in its restricted mode, a foretaste of, the end for which we exist, the fruition of God. But is it not also, here and now, the road to that fruition for fallen creatures?
--The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume 2 (HarperCollins, 2004), 463; emphasis original

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