The Taser's Edge

Theosis in C.S. Lewis

A friend of mine recently sent me this article, “C.S. Lewis and the Doctrine of Deification” by Chris Jensen.  It’s worth reading, especially if you’ve never heard of Theosis/Deification/Divinization in Christianity.  A short definition from the article: “Deification (also known as theosis or divinization) sees salvation not merely as divine pardon but rather as a process of spiritual transformation that culminates in mystical union with God.”  Or check out this article from

Then I found myself finishing up Lewis’ Reflections on the Psalms yesterday and theosis is all over the place.  (Unfortunately, the book is not that great as a whole, and I mention this here because I’m not going to write a full review of the book.)  An example from the concluding sentences of the book, which is not near the heaviest reference to theosis, but which is in language for which Lewis-lovers love Lewis:

“For we are so little reconciled to time that we are even astonished at it.  ‘How he’s grown!’ we exclaim, ‘How time flies!’ as though the universal form of our experience were again and again a novelty.  It is as strange as if a fish were repeatedly surprised at the wetness of water.  And that would be strange indeed; unless of course the fish were destined to become, one day, a land animal.”

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