Title: The Great Divorce
Author: C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.
C.S. Lewis: the man behind the glorious Chronicles of Narnia. Our narrator arrives in Hell and is waiting in line to board the bus. While waiting, he hears multiple conversations between people. Summarizing that the “divorce” between good and evil is up to each and every person, he explains this through the imagery of taking a bus from Hell to the edge of Heaven. People are preventing their own way to Heaven by keeping the distant things from the past present in their minds. Pretty much each chapter tells the story of a different person in Hell and their excuses, grudges, and vices keeping them from reaching their eternal happiness.
I doubt if he knew clearly what he meant. But you and I must be clear. There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him. And the higher and mightier it is in the natural order, the more demoniac it will be if it rebels. It’s not out of bad mice or bad fleas you make demons, but out of bad archangels. The false religion of lust is baser than the false religion of mother-love or patriotism or art: but lust is less likely to be made into a religion.
I absolutely love that a Christian lesson is taught through a fantasy tale. This makes for an easy read, and it is relatable to everyone, not just Christians. Human flaw is depicted through many struggles we all face. But in the light of reality, we must remove the negative aspects of our life in order to obtain true happiness.
“The demand of the loveless and the self-imprisoned that they should be allowed to blackmail the universe: that till they consent to be happy (on their own terms) no one else shall taste joy: that theirs should be the final power; that Hell should be able to veto Heaven”