Hot! C.S. Lewis on Free Will


“God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”

- C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

C.S. Lewis was a British novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist from Ireland. He is well known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy.1


1 “C.S. Lewis,” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (18 September 2011), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Lewis.

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