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June 6, 2009

What C.S. Lewis thought about Mormons

C.S. Lewis was not LDS. He may, in fact, not have even liked The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

But Mormons 
love C. S. Lewis.

Authors Marianna Richardson and Christine Thackeray looked at the famous Christian apologist in their book "C.S. Lewis: Latter-day Truths in Narnia." They wrote about the letters Lewis sent to many of his readers.

"(T)here is no record that Lewis had any contact with the Church but he did correspond regularly with a woman who lived in Salt Lake City," the authors write. "Although we do not have the original letter, Lewis's reply to her inquiry was as follows, 'I am afraid I am not going to be much help about all the religious bodies mentioned in your letter of March 2nd. I have always in my books been concerned simply to put forward "mere" Christianity, and am no guide on these (most regrettable) "interdenominational" questions. I do however strongly object to the tyrannic and unscriptural insolence of anything that calls itself a Church and makes teetotalism a condition of membership.'"

Lewis is apparently referring to the LDS Church and its "Word of Wisdom" prohibitions against drinking alcohol.

Richardson and Thackeray do not discuss another possible reference to Mormons in Lewis' works. In his Narnian fantasy book "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," he writes about the family of a rather unpleasant character named Eustace Scrubb: "They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotalers and wore a special kind of underclothes."

Because of this description, some have speculated that Lewis was saying that the Scrubbs were Mormons -- although such a conclusion requires ignoring other descriptions of the character and his family. The adopted son of Lewis, Douglas Gresham, has also been quoted as saying the Scrubbs were "simply faddists." . . . (Continue reading)


  1. In other words we really don't know that C.S. Lewis thought about the Mormons.

    He appeared, however, to support moderate moderation. He appeared opposed to absolute teetotalism which is of course contrary to the Bible. The Bible is opposed to excess and drunkeness but not the use of alcohol.

  2. Wow, mormons like to be healthy and prefer not to drink alcohol or smoke. The humanity!

  3. Marmadukewithpeanuts,

    The difference is that it's not a preference, it's a "commandment" based on some newfangled scripture (with a small "s").


  4. Joseph Smith drank wine fairly frequently (he often notes it in his journal) and issued a revelation about the supper of the Great God when Jesus would return and "drink of the fruit of the vine" with various resurrected prophets (D&C 27. I believe the Word of Wisdom provides protection against the evils of alcohol abuse in a world that has glamorized alchol use. I believe the day will come whent the Word of Wisdom will no longer be by way of commandment but will be a suggestion of moderation to the saints.

  5. As an ex-Mormon now Catholic, I just had to comment. Yes, C.S. Lewis has quite a few fans among Mormons. My dad is one of them.

    However, because Mormons so twist whatever evidence there is out there to support their own belief system, it is hardly surprising that they twist Lewis' works.

    Lewis may have been many things, a professor, a poet, a novelist, and an apologist. But one thing he was not was a Mormon. Reading his writings on theosis only show how far removed he his from Mormonism.