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I read this book last year, and had mixed feelings about it. Its greatest value, for the Catholic, lies in the extent to which it lays bare the immense Catholic influence in Lewis' background and career. I mean, the Pope isn't surrounded by as many Catholic churchmen as Lewis was; every notable Catholic in England, from Waugh to Tolkein, could claim his friendship. Which makes even more inexplicable the curious fact that Lewis remained on the far side of the Tiber. And to this question, Pearce offers no satisfactory answer, except to blame his Ulster upbringing, which - I would agree with Hutchens here - is no answer at all. But the other value of Pearce's book is to show the extensive Catholic thought that bleeds into Lewis' works, consciously or no; if Lewis was not Catholic, he was far from being a Protestant. Even the Anglican communion couldn't hold him, and I don't think Hutchens grasps this fact adequately enough. But that's precisely his value, perhaps. Who was it who said that ecumenical initiatives between Catholics and Protestants could begin with the first five ecumenical councils, the ancient creeds, and the collected works of C. S. Lewis?

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