I think this fits here. I need a little help on my term paper which is a research paper is on C.S. Lewis. The thesis is C.S. Lewis went full circle in his beliefs and was never a true Atheist. The prof questioned and challenged me on that theory when I said his comment that "Atheism is too simple" in [u:fc15d9ebf3]Mere Christianity[/u:fc15d9ebf3] is indeed incorrect, among other statements he made about Atheism that were complete and total falsehoods, thus he had no idea what true atheism entails- regardless if it was a different time as my prof pointed out to me. True, Atheism is not the same as it was back then, but the basic ideas have not changed nor has it’s simplicity or lack there of. IMHO, it was never simple and Lewis made far too many false statements to have ever been an atheist.
He was a British Idealist and Realist before he returned to Christianity. He said he started disbelieving in God when his mother died adding he was angry with God, so he did not believe. One can not be angry with something that does not exist, so he had to have believed in God, even though he said he was an atheist.
So far I have an article by Patrick Inniss called "The Atheist Who Never Was". He mentions the same things I mention, plus a few more I didn’t even notice. I have Karen Armstrong’s [u:fc15d9ebf3]A History of God[/u:fc15d9ebf3] for Hegel, who was very much involved with British Idealism, [u:fc15d9ebf3]Philosophy of Humanism[/u:fc15d9ebf3] by Carliss Lamont (for obvious reasons), Oxford definitions of British Idealism, Idealism, Realism, and Hegelianism, and of course the C.S. Lewis books pretaining to the subject of my thesis: the above mentioned and [u:fc15d9ebf3]Surprised By Joy[/u:fc15d9ebf3]. I may throw in [u:fc15d9ebf3]Screwtape[/u:fc15d9ebf3] too.
Why have I chose what I have so far? 1. I have to prove he was never a true atheist. 2. I have to show there was still some remnants of his childhood beliefs (Christianity) for him to have gone full circle from anger with God to loving God again- thus never really an atheist. 3. A true atheist can not be angry with god if there is no god. It’s like being angry with the Easter bunny. Strong Atheism, or atheism in general has no beliefs in any gods what so ever and there is no anger with something that does not exist. Lewis was a pretty weak and sorry atheist if he was an atheist. 4. and lastly, I have to show what true atheism is and that what Lewis said were sad stereotypes that were untrue then as they are now.
Anyone else have any ideas where I can get information supporting my thesis statement that C.S. Lewis never was an atheist? Yeah, I’m the Humanist who questions Lewis’s statements all the time, esp this one and his statements about Atheism and Humanism raked on my nerves desiring to be released, even if my only audience is my Catholic prof., who happens to my age and is under the mistaken idea that Lewis was and is the poster boy for Christian Convertion. Sorry, people! No cigar!