C.S. Lewis on Friendship

While preparing for tonights High School lesson on Genesis 2 and relationships, I could not help but consult C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves.  There are a number of quote-worthy lines in the book, but I will share two.  

We may give our human loves the unconditional allegiance which we owe only to God. They they become gods: then they become demons. Then they will destroy us, and also destroy themselves. For natural loves that are allowed to become gods do not remain loves. They are still called so, but can become in fact complicated forms of hatred.



We use a most unfortunate idiom when we say, of a lustful man prowling the streets, that he “wants a woman”. Strictly speaking, a woman is just what he does not want. He wants a pleasure for which a woman happens to be the necessary piece of apparatus. How much he cares about the woman as such may be gauged by his attitude for her five minutes after fruition.


Looking forward to discussing Genesis 2 and Matthew 18:21-35 tonight.  I will post questions to ask on the material shortly.

One Response to “C.S. Lewis on Friendship”
  1. Brian says:

    Good Lewis reflection. Thanks for sharing.

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