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Written by Basil on 05/15/2003 4:43 PM. Filed under:

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This is sort of like The 10 Things I Hate about You, except it’s about a bookstore instead of a shrew.

A post about Family Christian Bookstore on Dmitri’s blog is what got it all going downhill. I have hated that store for many years, long before I was Orthodox. Here’s why:

As you can see, my dislike for Family Christian Bookstores has almost nothing at all to do with being Orthodox. However, it would be nice to walk into a bookstore that calls itself Christian and find at least one shelf devoted to Orthodoxy. Joseph-Beth has not even one eighth the number of Christian books carried by Family Christian Bookstore, but they at least have one shelf for Orthodoxy!

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11 Responses to “Misnomer”

  1. pete Says:

    i could not agree more with your assessment.

  2. James Says:

    Very true. They’re owned by the parent company of Wal-Mart? Oy! I too do not find anything useful at Christian Family bookstores.

  3. DrBacchus Says:

    C.S.Lewis is Anglican!? *gasp* 😉

  4. James Says:

    Yes, but a lot of his theology was very similar to Orthodox I’m told.

  5. pete Says:

    C.S. Lewis was indeed an Anglican, but his beliefs were actually probably closer to a sort of quasi-universalism (following Augustine, who believed that God’s love was SOOOOOOOOO big that nobody would ultimately end up in Hell, even Lucifer–to believe otherwise is to negate the ultimate nature of divine Love, which is a prominent feature in Augustine’s theology. Naturally, this is not a tenable position for anyone believes that God’s justice is as much a part of God’s nature [or for anyone who knows any Greek at all, unlike Augustine, who was notoriously bad at Greek]).

  6. anna Says:

    Pete: Have you ever read the Great Divorce? You are right to question Augustine’s Greek, but I don’t see how one could read the Great Divorce and call Lewis a universalist!

    I think there’s a fine line between hoping that all will be saved and believing it’s inevitable!

  7. Nikolai Toshikazu Says:

    And what’s even more funny is that you can at least find Orthodox books (some, not many) at Borders and Barnes and Noble of all places.

  8. pete Says:

    i have indeed read the Great Divorce, and I don’t mean to label Lewis a strictly universalist (hence the ambigious prefix “quasi-“). the suggestion that he leaned toward universalism comes primarily from The Last Battle, in which the follower of Tash is “saved” (to couch it in theological language.) Not EVERY follower of Tash is “saved,” which suggests that Lewis’ position was indeed not a strict universalism, at least not along the same lines as Augustine.

  9. James Says:

    I said, “close” not exactly.

  10. DrBacchus Says:

    Dude. The Last Battle is *fiction*. And he *repeatedly* insisted that it was just a story, and not intended to be alegorical. It was magic, not theology. Now, you can choose to say that you don’t believe that, but the fact remains that, although it is clear that one’s fiction is influenced by one’s world-view, it is not a necessary conclusion that they are identical. Repeat after me: The Narnia books are fiction.

    People that take the Narnia books as alegory are doomed to find all sorts of places where the alegory breaks down. I hate analogies …

  11. Basil Says:

    I think you are perhaps confusing Lewis with Tolkien. Lewis was quite aware of the allegory that he was writing. One of his interpreters, Kathryn Lindskoog, was indeed congratulated by him for being so perceptive in her interpretations of his fiction, specifically the Narnia series in her essay, The Lion of Judah in Never-Never-Land.

    On the other hand, if you are basing that on any “private” writings supposedly by Lewis that have been released in recent years by his estate, under the direction of one Walter Hooper, there is a massive weight of evidence that it is corrupt and not to be trusted. Quite a tragedy, really.