C.S. Lewis on “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Here’s Michael Leary with a few thoughts on how C.S. Lewis helps us understand 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The best extant commentary on 2001: A Space Odyssey from an intentionally theological perspective hails from the conclusion of C.S. Lewis, essay Is Theology Poetry‚ in the seldom read Weight of Glory collection. The essay is just a reprint of a lecture given at Oxford in 1944 (no doubt in a mahogany cased room with crumpled carpets smelling of rain and tea), a full 25 years before Kubrick’s 2001. I am not the biggest fan of Lewis’ science fiction literature, finding it somewhat too overt in its allegorical self-awareness to match the sheer readability of L’Engle, Chesterton, or other Christian sci-fi provocateurs, but apparently his grasp of how science fiction relates to theology (and specifically Lewis’ conception of theology as mythmaking) was well developed…

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  • http://stevepa.wordpress.com/ stevepa

    How prescient that you posted this particular comment just hours after Arthur C. Clarke was reported to have died.