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February 10, 1945

C.S. Lewis originally gave this lecture to a Christian group interested in building bridges between the Eastern (Orthodox) and Western (Catholic & Protestant) branches of the church. 

1. What did Lewis find paradoxical about the notion that religion belongs to the private side of our lives?

2.  C. S. Lewis says the only safeguard against the deathly properties of collectivism is the Christian life.  What is deathly about collectivism?

3.  What is the Christian called to do?  What did St. Paul mean by "members"?  Consider 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.  How does being a member of a body differ from being a unit in a collective?

4.  Why does C.S. Lewis find "worldlings" to be monotonous when compared with the fantastic variety of the saints (Christians)?

5.  What similarity does Lewis draw between clothes and equality?

6.  According to Lewis, what is the value of the human soul?  How does the soul acquire value? 

7.  How does Christianity defend the personality from the collective?  What does Christianity give to those who abandon individualism?

8.  What does Lewis find lacking in the "seed to flower" metaphor for a soul's salvation?

9.  Where does personality come from?  Where does originality come from?

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