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Abstract

For years readers have practiced spiritual formation through C.S. Lewis, without using that term. This paper first will lay out Lewis’s definition of spiritual formation. We have no choice whether or not we are being formed spiritually. The soul of each of us is shaped through the sum of our creaturely choosing: choices which are transforming us moment by moment into either a more heavenly or more hellish being. Always pastoral in his concern, Lewis offers a compelling spiritual theology of human nature. As spiritual mentor, he wins us over by willingly siding with us in our trenches of battle. Examples from The Screwtape Letters will be offered to illustrate Hell’s mission of throwing our choosing off track.

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