A repackaged edition of the revered authors anthology of satirical yet serious essays on evil.In these spirited essays, C. S. Lewisthe great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classicsdiscusses evil in the world. Blending irony, humor, and paradox, he tackles religions most difficult and intriguing questions regarding immorality, belief, and the meaning of prayer. Best of all, the infamous Screwtape makes a special cameo appearance in this funny and poignant collection....
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The World's Last Night: And Other Essays Reviews
Fantastic essays that fed this believer's soul. The titular last essay was incredible; Lewis's comparison of the Christian life to that of an actor in a play hit me with such clarity, and his use of King Lear as an example . . . well, icing on the cake. As always, his works are a blessing.
The World's Last Night and Other Essays is a small, 113 page book, containing seven essays by C. S. Lewis covering a variety of topics. The seven essays are: "The Efficacy of Prayer," "On Obstinacy in Belief," "Lilies that Fester," "Screwtape Proposes a Toast," "Good Work and Good Works," "Religion and Rocketry," and "The World's Last Night." These essays were originally published separately in a variety of publications between 1952 and 1959. I believe the current collected form of the ...more
This is somewhat of a mixed bag of essays. "The Efficacy of Prayer" is alright, as well as "On Obstinancy in Belief." "Lilies That Fester" deviated from what I think to be Lewis' trademark cleverness. The last three articles, "Good Work and Good Works," "Religion and Rocketry," and "The World's Last Night" are more like what I expect from my favorite Anglican. "Screwtape Proposes a Toast," however, blows all the rest of them away. Those twenty-one pages are worth the price of the entire book!
Thought provoking; very much mid 20th century in regard to women.
On the efficacy of prayer -- does prayer work? Prayer is a request that may or may not be granted. Jesus prayed three times for the cup to be removed from Him but His request was refused. What is the purpose of prayer? God does not change His overarching plan, but His purpose will be accomplished in different ways based on the actions "including the prayers, of His creatures." Secondly, "On Obstinacy in Belief" Lewis explores the idea while people stick with a specific view. Thirdly, "Lilies tha ...more
It has been several years since I have read much Lewis, and this short volume of essays reminded me how much I missed him. His ability to calmly sweep aside the cobwebs that so often surround an idea is true genius, and his insights and conclusions are rational, clear, and thoughtful.
For instance, in discussing whether prayer "works," he points out that the question itself will lead you down the wrong oath, because it ignores the Person involved in hearing the prayer. Further, his prophetic port ...more
The World's Last Night is a collection of C.S. Lewis essays. It contains ruminations on the efficacy of prayer; a debunking of "blind faith"; a repudiation of "religion" and "culture" (reminiscent of The Abolition of Man); Screwtape returning to toast democracy; and discussions on consumer society, the theological implications of life on other worlds, and the practical implications of the Second Coming. With his usual insightfulness and rhetorical command, this collection belongs with the rest o ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this collection of Lewis essays. “The World’s last Night” is freshest on my mind, and of this piece I say: Lewis totally slays. Timeless writings.