When the Eternal Can Be Met: The Bergsonian Theology of Time in the Works of C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden Corey Latta

ISBN: 9780718893606

Published: August 28th 2014

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234 pages


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When the Eternal Can Be Met: The Bergsonian Theology of Time in the Works of C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden  by  Corey Latta

When the Eternal Can Be Met: The Bergsonian Theology of Time in the Works of C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden by Corey Latta
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When the Eternal Can Be Met excavates the philosophy behind the theology of the twentieth centurys most prominent Christian writers: C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and W.H. Auden. These three literary giants converted to Christianity within little moreMoreWhen the Eternal Can Be Met excavates the philosophy behind the theology of the twentieth centurys most prominent Christian writers: C.S.

Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and W.H. Auden. These three literary giants converted to Christianity within little more than a decade of one another, and interestingly, all three theological authors turned to the theme of time. All three authors also came to remarkably similar conclusions about time, positing that the temporal present moment allowed one to meet the eternal. The prominent philosopher Henri Bergson wrote about times power to transform an individuals emotional and spiritual state decades before Lewis, Eliot, and Auden sought to construct creatively a fictive or poetic theology of time.

When the Eternal Can Be Met argues that one cannot fully understand the theology of time found in the works of Lewis, Eliot, and Auden without first understanding Bergsons theories. From the secular philosophy of Bergson dawned the most important works of literary theology and treatments of time of the twentieth century, and in the Bergson-influenced literary constructs of Lewis, Eliot, and Auden, a common theological articulation sounds out - time present is where humans meet God.

Corey Latta is currently Vice President of Academics at Visible Music College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of Election and Unity in Pauls Epistles to the Romans (2009) and Functioning Fantasies: Theology, Ideology, and Social Conception in the Fantasies of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (2010). This study is yet more proof that C.S. Lewis is finally coming into his deserved recognition as a formidable twentieth-century author and intellect.

Lattas fine study breaks new ground in identifying how the dinosaur Lewis also belonged to his own age. Jameela Lares, Professor of English, University of Southern Mississippi. Lattas work here is important - not least because it helps to place C.S. Lewis in context with his modernist contemporaries. For too long have scholars read Lewis in isolation from the thinkers to whom he responded. When the Eternal Can Be Met helps to paint a picture of Lewis, who wrote in the same world and about the same ideas with which Bergson, Auden, and Eliot wrestled. Armond Boudreaux, Assistant Professor, East Georgia State College.



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