13 Mar

C.S. Lewis on Death and the Afterlife

Observations on the death of his wife:

“Don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand. Unless, of course, you can literally believe all that stuff about family reunions ‘on the further shore,’ pictured in entirely earthly terms. But that is all unscriptural, all out of bad hymns and lithographs. There is not a word of it in the Bible. It rings false. We know it couldn’t be like that. Reality never repeats. The exact same thing is never taken away and given back. How well the spiritualists bait their hook! ‘Things on this side are not so different after all. ’ There are cigars in heaven. For that is what we should like. The happy past restored. And that, just that, is what I cry out for, with mad, midnight endearments and entreaties spoken into empty air.”

A Gift Observed (1963), p. 25-26