[ book ] The Pilgrim’s Regress

August 31, 2018

The Pilgrim’s Regress

C.S. Lewis

Rating: 3 /5

C.S. Lewis’s The Pilgrim’s Regress was his first allegorical work of fiction—and the first book he wrote after converting to Christianity. 

There is much in this small book that foreshadows his later writings—the same erudition and scholarly references, as well as his wonderful use of metaphor and storytelling. Those who value Lewis’s theological contributions will see in this autobiographical allegory the beginnings of his theology which he expanded on in his many theological writings and drew upon for his different story form in The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Pilgrim’s Regress is valuable for those who love C.S. Lewis, but I would not recommend it as a starting point for those unfamiliar with his work, as the reader must bring full concentration to the concepts Lewis puts forward through the mouths of his characters. 

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