C. S. Lewis Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

How does C. S. Lewis describe heaven and hell?

Expert Answers info

Heather Garey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write406 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Science, and History

Clive Staples Lewis was born in 1898 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a former atheist who became a Christian apologist. One of the great thinkers of our time, he died just before his 65th birthday in 1963.

C. S. Lewis described heaven and hell in many of his writings, such as The Pilgrim's Regress, in which he describes hell as a black hole, and The Screwtape Letters, where demons help create an environment of self-centered competitiveness. The Great Divorce is a novel about heaven and hell. C. S. Lewis mentions hell in The Last Battle from the Chronicles of Narnia series. He also wrote about heaven and hell in an essay titled "Myth Became Fact."

In his essay "Myth Became Fact," C. S. Lewis addresses the arguments of Corineus, who argued that there were no modern Christians--all that was left of Christianity was the vocabulary and emotions that went with it, but the essential doctrines had long ago been abandoned. In Lewis's response, he talks about heaven as a marriage between myth and...

(The entire section contains 1,020 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial