Chapter 6 - Charity Pt.1
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The Four Loves

Chapter 6 - Charity, Pt. 1


1.  Why are the natural loves not self-sufficient?  How does Lewis use the analogy of a garden to illustrate this?

2.  Why has Lewis delayed talking about our natural loves as rivals to God's love?

3.  How does Lewis revise Emerson's statement, "When half-gods go, the gods arrive"?  Why are we unwilling to submit our natural loves to God's authority?

4.  How does Lewis take issue with Augustine's moral: "Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose"?

5.  What is the meaning of inordinate love according to Lewis?  What is the real question that it all comes down to?

6.  How does Lewis explain the word "hate" as it is used in Luke 14:26 and Malachi 1:2-3?  Is it preventable?  When is it appropriate?

7.  What is meant by "all for love"?  What are the flaws in this thinking?

[For this week, please stop reading with the paragraph ending: "If ‘All'-quite seriously all-‘for love' is implicit in the Beloved's attitude, his or her love is not worth having.  It is not related in the right way to Love Himself."] 


François Mauriac (1885-1970):  a Roman Catholic novelist, poet and winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize for literature.  Known for "the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life" ( 

St. Augustine (354-430):  an influential Church Father during late antiquity who served as the Bishop of Hippo.  Confessions is his spiritual autobiography. 

Oliver Elton (1861-1945): British literary historian who taught at Liverpool University and wrote the six-volume A Survey of English Literature (1730-1880).

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