Social Media, Lewis and the Art of Disagreement

A professor of mine, Dr. Michael Ward (University of Oxford), recently wrote a timely article entitled, “C.S. Lewis and the Art of Arguing.” In light of how hostile and acrimonious debate can become on social media, I thought a couple of quotes from the essay might provide food-for-thought next time someone challenges your political or religious views:

Ward writes,

“The fact that Lewis could approve of atheists like Gilbert Ryle, as well as enjoy the company of liberals like George Watson and socialists like John Lawlor, reinforces [the] point that Lewis would not allow disagreement to become personal. He could always distinguish the man from the man’s opinion.”

Ward quotes George Watson:

“Lewis’ twin passions were people and arguments, but he did not often make the mistake of confusing them…..Lewis had vigor without venom.”

Solomon wrote, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Prov. 15:1)

The entire article (Dr. Ward is a scholar in the field of C.S. Lewis studies) is quite entertaining and engaging.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick