Transposition E-mail
Pentecost Sunday
May 28, 1944

According to Walter Hooper's introductory materials in the collection titled The Weight of Glory:

It was reported in The Daily Telegraph of 2 June 1944 under the heading "Modern Oxford's Newman" that "in the middle of the sermon Mr. Lewis, under stress of emotion, stopped, saying, ‘I'm sorry,' and left the pulpit.  Dr. Micklem, the Principal, and the chaplain went to his assistance.  After a hymn was sung, Mr. Lewis returned and finished his sermon ... on a deeply moving note." (p. 19)

1.  What did Lewis think about "speaking with tongues" or glossolalia?  What do you think about the tongues phenomenon?  Consider Acts 2:1-21.

2.  What point does Lewis make using the excerpt from Samuel Pepys's diary?  Why can we not presume a one-to-one correspondence between two systems?

3.  What is Lewis describing with the word "transposition" in this sermon?

4.  Contrast approaching a transposition from above with approaching from below.

5.  How is a child's faith regarding heaven "deceived, yet, in the deepest sense, not deceived"?  Why is it so hard to get excited about heaven?

6.  What does Lewis attempt to illustrate with the fable of a mother in a dungeon drawing pictures for her son?  How, if at all, does this change your feelings about heaven?

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