The Pilgrim's Regress

The Pilgrim s Regress In the style of John Bunyan s classic Pilgrim s Progress The Pilgrim s Regress is the first book C S Lewis wrote after becoming a Christian It is a provocative and moving story which traces one man

  • Title: The Pilgrim's Regress
  • Author: C.S. Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780553147254
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the style of John Bunyan s classic, Pilgrim s Progress, The Pilgrim s Regress is the first book C.S Lewis wrote after becoming a Christian It is a provocative and moving story which traces one man s search for belief in a fantasy world of dragons and giants Our pilgrim s incredible journey leads him finally to the Westd into the very heart of C.S Lewis s most pIn the style of John Bunyan s classic, Pilgrim s Progress, The Pilgrim s Regress is the first book C.S Lewis wrote after becoming a Christian It is a provocative and moving story which traces one man s search for belief in a fantasy world of dragons and giants Our pilgrim s incredible journey leads him finally to the Westd into the very heart of C.S Lewis s most profound and personal ideas of progress, enlightenment and Christian theology.

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    1. Excellent Finished the audio version in February 2016 In the Afterword, Lewis apologizes for the book, an apology I refuse to accept Just delightful.

    2. Before picking up this excellent book, there are a few things the reader needs to understand First of all, what the title means Many people are confused about the word regress, especially since it mirrors Bunyan s The Pilgrim s Progress Many people myself included are under the impression that the story is about a Christian backsliding in his faith In reality, the regress refers to the fact that, as Richard Wagner put it in C.S Lewis and Narnia for Dummies, you aren t simply shuffled off to heav [...]

    3. C.S Lewis is mostly known for his Narnia Chronicles Some of us are also familiar with his Science Fiction Trilogy Then there is the bulk of his work that fall under the genre apologetics.I ve read most of Lewis work but I had not read the Pilgrim s Regress before He wrote it shortly after he became a Christian and it is interesting in its insight into one man s conversion experience and also as a comparison to his later works.Inspired by John Bunyan s Pilgrim s Progress, Lewis wrote his work as [...]

    4. This book described Lewis conversion to Christianity using an allegory It parallels many of the same themes in Surprised by Joy, namely that joy or sehnsucht is inevitable and can be filled rightly or wrongly The reader discovers that Christianity does not get rid of utter desire and joy, but transforms them In the meanwhile, using John, Lewis tells us how he escaped the snares of various penny ante yet at the time culturally respectable secular philosophies.The good Lewis showed how Christianit [...]


    5. One of Lewis s first books after his conversion, he uses Bunyan s trope to do what we now call a worldview apologetic, as only a Cambridge literature don could This work is quite obscure and hard to follow, at least for my small brain though he admits the obscurity himself in a later preface in this edition Lewis begins with hypocritical Puritan Christianity, and is merciless in his critique, replete with masks, badly told stories, and pious cliches John, the Pilgrim, quickly leaves it, and regr [...]

    6. I loved this book It is clear that it was written with than a knowledge but rather a deep understanding of the search and the many different viewpoints that one comes into contact with along the way The graceful art in which he interwove and utilized one s capacity for spacial visualization in such a deep and revealing way was amazing If I were to liken it to something, and this may be a little strange but bear with me, it would remind me of a flower It starts off as a bud held in your hand It [...]

    7. I am surprised at how long it took me to discover this book I think the first time I heard of it was while reading George Sayer s Lewis biography It is definitely a must read for Lewis fans.As The Pilgrim s Regress is Lewis first novel as a Christian, I am also surprised at how developed his understanding of the faith was, even in its infancy This books contains many of the same ideas that will be expressed clearly in his future works like Mere Christianity and The Great Divorce He will express [...]

    8. I love C.S Lewis but I ll be honest here this one went almost completely over my head the first time I read it I got a philosophical reference here and there but Lewis was so well versed in philosophy that I was left in the dust and forced back to the drawing board Anyone who has studied Lewis probably knows he started as an atheist and after much struggle became a Christian He came to the Lord in large part through logic and philosophical study so early on thought most others did to This book f [...]

    9. At the outset I must confess that at least 1 3 of this book was well over my head With that said, this was an enjoyable book to read, and the portions which resonated with me were well worth the confusion I endured during the other portions.Lewis was a master of allegory, and this book is no exception The reader who struggles intellectually with the faith will find this book to be a breath of fresh air John, the main character s, struggle with the various philosophies and philosophers of the wor [...]

    10. Such an under rated book by Lewis I was amazed at all the things he managed to pack into this simple literary device a little allegory that turned out to not be so little.So many philosophical movements, so many religions, so many emotions and character traits explored I loved seeing where John would go next and what pitfall he would discover Loved Lewis s note at the end, from the third edition, as well a beautiful exploration of his fascination with desire and its basis in Christianity I wish [...]

    11. Reading note I recommend beginning with the Afterword Your milage may vary, but in it Lewis addresses many of the concerns you may have with the book itself.Book note Lewis allegorizes his own conversion experience in an attempt to generalize for a wider audience much of what he experienced being drawn to the faith Cultural and intellectual commentary abounds, but I found the real beauty of the book in its portrayal of the Church, Baptism, and conversion.

    12. It is always disappointing to read a book by a favorite author that disappoints In this case, there are clear reasons why it does so, some of them outlined in the Afterword to this, the 1943 edition of the 1933 book.I had become aware of the title decades ago in college it was a clever title, and I wanted to read the book then, but being a student and newly wed afforded little in both money and time It was not until sometime in the past decade, when my wife was spending a small fortune at Border [...]

    13. Listen to the Audio Tape if you can I recently listened to this work of Lewis as read by Whitfield from the 3rd edition I have no doubt that I would have enjoyed reading it, but this narration truly brought it to life in a manner that reading might have failed to do.Having some background certainly will help the reader to understand what Lewis is doing here Certainly, someone unfamiliar with John Bunyan s Pilgrim s Progress would stand a pretty good chance of getting lost I m not sure I agree th [...]

    14. The Pilgrim s Regress is one of those books that are both puzzling and gratifying at the same time The book is partly autobiographical, in that CS Lewis used imagery and allegory to depict his own journey of faith.This obviously seems to be influenced by John Bunyan s religious and political tract, The Pilgrim s Progress Just like Bunyan narrating the story in the form of a dream he had, so Lewis narrates this story the same way.I will say that this story is both easier and harder for me to judg [...]

    15. This book is pretty much inaccessible to the general reader There s no need for you to read any version other than the annotated edition because you will need all of the help you can get I enjoyed the aspects where Lewis interacts with the Enlightenment and various modern literary, philosophical, and psychological movements He was also prescient in his understanding of reactionary right wing movements in Europe at the time Still, this is not going to be a book that most people will enjoy It is i [...]

    16. I don t know what I can say about this to convey the weight of the book other than to say 1 Lewis was obviously younger when he wrote this than when he wrote his other books 2 I m younger than Lewis was when he published this volume 3 this volume explains a great deal of his work elsewhere.Oh, and of course that he decimates many false philosophies that are alive and well today, though not with as much grace as he has elsewhere There are parts in the this book that will remain with me until I di [...]

    17. This is a very meaningful story I enjoyed it thoroughly and intend to read it again.

    18. If you thought Narnia s allegory was a bit too subtle, then this is the book for you Not Lewis best, an opinion he himself shared

    19. I feel like I don t know how to rate this book because it felt like it was beyond my intellectual grasping so how could I say, Yes, it was spot on or His contentions were lacking Normally what I love about C.S Lewis is his ability to make high intellectual ideas accessible to even the likes of me But I don t think it would be fair to say that just because this book was out of my league in many ways, that it therefore wasn t good I know that whilst reading it I had several really nice Ah Ha momen [...]

    20. First, it s a companion to Bunyan, with the characters and settings updated to reflect the philosophical developments of the modern world.Second, it s an allegorical retelling of Lewis s own journey from popular realism to Idealism to Pantheism to Theism to Christianity essentially a fictionalized version of Surprised by Joy.Third, in addition to being a defense of Reason and Christianity, it s a defense of Romanticism Along the way we get Lewis s assessment of philosophical systems, especially [...]

    21. An allegory of the author s intellectual journey6 December 2014 After I started reading this book for a second time I suddenly kicked myself for not reading Pilgrim s Progress beforehand because it is quite clear that the former book has heavily influenced this work However, I have read it a while ago and are somewhat familiar with the story, so it wasn t that big of a mistake Anyway, following the tradition of Pilgrim s Progress, Lewis sets out to write an allegorical spiritual journey which, w [...]

    22. I don think I would have enjoyed this book without Downing s copious annotations explaining all Lewis quotations, allusions, and connections with other of Lewis works That said, this is a wonderful allegory of Lewis philosophical journey to faith and what a journey

    23. A peculiar and layered book by C.S Lewis, strongly annotated by David Downing in a beautiful edition.

    24. Enjoyable but I do recommend reading this AFTER Surprised by Joy by C.S Lewis and Bunyan s Pilgrims Progress.

    25. C.S Lewis is such an enigma Within the same book, he can say something that makes you nod your head vigorously in agreement but then, a few pages later, he can say something that makes you scratch your head in theological confusion or write No, that s just wrong in the margins of the book In this regard, The Pilgrim s Regress is no different.Here s where this book shines the overall narrative arc is great It begins with the protagonist John discovering that a deep desire longing for the Island h [...]

    26. As an early Christian, shortly after returning to the fold, so to speak, after a youth and a young adulthood spent as an atheist, C.S Lewis wrote this book The book is an obvious reference to the classic work by John Bunyan, Pilgrim s Progress 1 and seeks to provide a discussion of the moral landscape of his life outside of Christianity as well as the difficult process of his conversion back to the Anglican faith he had, albeit not with personal conviction, as a child growing up in the Protestan [...]

    27. I am very aware that there is much in this book than I understood Perhaps I will come back to it when I am older.

    28. I have no idea what was going on in this book Maybe I ll revisit it in a few yearsybe.

    29. Most don t consider this one of Lewis s best, and truthfully, neither did I But even inferior Lewis is better than much that is out there.The book is a pilgrimage narrative that reflects Lewis s journey from early religious instruction humorously portrayed by the Steward who presents the law both seriously behind a mask, and with a wink and a nod John, the pilgrim in this story subsequently sights a beautiful island, and eventually strikes out in quest of the island moving successively through i [...]

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