Surprised by Belfast: Significant Sites in the Life of C.S. Lewis, Part III, St. Mark's Church, Holywood Road - page5

 


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From the Fall 2016 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Surprised by Belfast: Significant Sites in the Life
of C.S. Lewis, Part III, St. Mark's Church, Holywood Road

by Sandy Smith
Author of C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth

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  My visits to St. Mark’s also draw me to the theme of pilgrimage in Lewis’s writing. They help me to appreciate the description of Lewis’s own intellectual journey as described in The Pilgrim’s Regress. I trust this encourages you to read or reread that particular book.
  I also encourage you to reconsider the whole notion raised by Lewis in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader—of life’s voyage or journey or pilgrimage. My challenge is for you to read this Narnian story and focus on Reepicheep. He is the ultimate pilgrim, even when the chips are down. He is resolute in traveling to the utter east and to Aslan’s country.
  From time to time, all followers of Jesus need to reassess where they are on the pilgrim pathway and journey. Let us resolve like Reepicheep, or the pilgrim in John Bunyan’s famous hymn (“He Who Would Valiant Be”) to be valiant, resolved, and constant in following the Master.

 

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Notes:
1 J.C. Beckett and Anthony M. Wilson, The Lion on the Hill: A History of St. Mark’s Church, Dundela, Belfast: 1878–1998 (Belfast: Minprint, 1998).
2 C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy (London and Glasgow UK: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1967), 18.
3 Ibid., 17.
4 C.S. Lewis and Walter Hooper, They Stand Together: The Letters of C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves (1914-1963) (Cambridge: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.), 456.

Sandy Smith  is the author of C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth and a Director of Heritage Experience. His book is available through: www.authenticulster.com Three short film pieces on aspects of the life of C.S. Lewis can also be viewed on the website.

 


Recommended Reading:
C.S. Lewis, The Pilgrim’s Regress: The Wade Annotated Edition, David C. Downing, editor, introduction (Eerdmans, 2014)

This annotated edition of The Pilgrim’s Regress, produced in collaboration with the Marion E. Wade Center in Wheaton, Illinois, helps readers recover the richness of Lewis’s allegory. Often considered obscure and difficult to read, the book nonetheless remains a witty satire on cultural fads, a vivid account of spiritual dangers, and an illuminating tale for generations of pilgrims old and new.

 
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