Pardon Me. Did You Say Kierkegaard Made Comments About C.S. Lewis?

I don’t read much by Joyce Meyer but we do sell a lot of her books so from time to time I’ll pick one up and browse through it. Her latest book is God is Not Mad at You (Hachette Book Group). I picked up a copy and started perusing it. The name Kierkegaard caught my eye and I wondered “What is Joyce Meyer reading by Kierkegaard?” My friend and former coworker, Dean, has a great love for Kierkegaard and taught me much about the famed theologian. Because of his influence I take a special interest when I see Kierkegaard’s name. So here’s what I read from Meyer’s book:

“The nineteenth-century Danish theologian Søren Kierkegaard identified two kinds of religion—religion A and religion B. The first is ‘faith’ in name only (2 Timothy 3:5). It’s the practice of attending church without genuine faith in the living Lord. Religion B, on the other hand, is a life-transforming, destiny-changing experience. It’s a definite commitment to the crucified and risen Savior, which establishes an ongoing personal relationship between a forgiven sinner and a gracious God.

Kierkegaard goes on to say that C.S. Lewis had great difficulty in becoming a Christian because religion A had blinded him to religion B. The apostle Paul said that he had to die to the law in order to live to and for Christ (Galatians 2:19). C.S. Lewis’s childhood had given him what he referred to as a spiritual illness through compulsory church during his school days and the dryness of religion offered by a semipolitical church.” (Emphasis mine. 105)

Here’s the problem: Kierkegaard died (1855) 43 years before C.S. Lewis was born (1898)!


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8 Responses to Pardon Me. Did You Say Kierkegaard Made Comments About C.S. Lewis?

  1. Laura says:

    Funny and sad. How did an editor not notice this?


  2. Dean says:

    Youch–anachronism to be sure. Does she have a citation anywhere? The notion of the two kinds of religion (which is actually partly captured by Meyer, though she misses some pretty significant nuances), for anyone curious, is from Kierkegaard’s book “Concluding Unscientific Postscript.”

    Glad to hear you’re still entertaining the Dane!


  3. Laura, the editors at IVP Academic cheerfully gave the green light to G. R. Evans’ blunderfest “The Roots of the Reformation” without so much as a second thought, so it’s hardly surprising that the editors at Hachette should have missed this comparatively simple bit of fact-checking.


  4. May Meyers subscribes to the C-theory of time? ;-/


  5. jcvarner says:

    Could she simply be putting words to Lewis’ thoughts and connecting them to Kierkegaard’s theory? By this I mean she is not actually saying Kierkegaard referenced Lewis but he referenced Lewis’ experience. Just a thought. If that’s what she means she worded it weirdly.


    • Louis says:

      I wonder myself if this is what she meant. The phrase “he goes on to say” would seem to count against that. Whatever she meant an editor should have caught this. Unfortunately, she doesn’t provide any sources. I don’t know where she’s getting her information.


  6. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Reblogged this on James’ Ramblings.


  7. Dean says:

    Reblogged this on Re(-)petitions and commented:
    Thanks, Louis, for keeping my memory alive at Baker Book House.


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