Chapter 6 - Charity Pt.2
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The Four Loves

Chapter 6 - Charity, Pt. 2


[This study guide covers the second half of the chapter, with the paragraph beginning: "And this brings me to the foot of the last steep ascent this book must try to make."]

1.  Lewis now begins to relate "the human activities called ‘loves' to that Love which is God."  How do we as finite human beings attempt to know God?

2.  Contemplate with Lewis an omniscient, loving God who proceeded with creation while foreseeing the cross.  What do you think of the analogy of God as a "host" who creates his own parasites?

3.  Contrast natural Gift-love with Divine Gift-love.  How does God enable us to love him?

4.  What happens when we believe God loves us because we think we are lovable?  How does grace remedy the situation?

5.  What corollary does Lewis draw between the Incarnation and the transformation of a natural love?

6.  What role do frustrations, frets, and rubs play in turning our natural loves to Charity?

7.  Twice in this section, Lewis says the transformation or conversion of the loves is inexorable.  How does this change take place?  Consider Colossians 3:1-17; 1 John 4:7-21; Romans 6:5-12.

8.  How does Lewis respond to the age-old question: will we know one another in heaven?  What caution does he give?

9.  What will we understand about our earthly Beloveds when we finally see God?  In heaven, why will we no longer have to turn from our earthly Beloveds?

10.  What closing advice does Lewis give to those of us experience a gap where our love of God should be?


Julian of Norwich
(1342-1413):  a female English mystic who had a series of visions while gravely ill and expected to die.  When she eventually recovered, she recorded meditations on her visions in a book titled Revelations of Divine Love, which is still in print.  In one vision, she saw God holding what appeared to be a small nut in his hand, representing the entire universe.  It was tiny and insignificant, yet she understood that God made it, loves it, and keeps it.

façon de parler:  manner of speaking

Anodos:  the 21-year old main character in George MacDonald's 1858 novel Phantastes.  Anodos enters a dreamlike world and wanders into a journey of sorts.  He is followed by his shadow, both day and night, regardless of sun's position.  When he wakes up, 21 days have elapsed and he has greatly matured.

© 2009 by Allyson WIeland