The Pilgrim’s Regress
The Pilgrim’s Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason and Romanticism by C.S. Lewis, 4/5
Motivated by a mysterious Desire, John leaves behind the lifeless religion of his hometown, Puritania, and explores both the stern, unrelenting wastes of the cerebral North and the swamps of untrammeled self-gratification in the animal South. This journey from “‘popular realism’ to Philosophical Idealism; from Idealism to Pantheism; from Pantheism to Theism; and from Theism to Christianity” will be recognizable to those familiar with C.S. Lewis’s more biographical works (200). Admittedly obscure, this tale is similar to George MacDonald’s Phantastes in that its value may be more in the recognition than the revelation–I suspect that if I reread it every 10 years or so, my appreciation of the truths it tells will grow in proportion with my own life-experience.
[Why I read it: a fortunate thrift store find!]
Haven’t read this one, but I’m in the middle of MacDonald’s Phantastes right now. (I know Lewis was heavily influenced by MacDonald.) Will have to check it out.
Out of the two, I find Phantastes more enjoyable, but I hope you get a chance to read The Pilgrim’s Regress too. Thanks for the comment!
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“I suspect that if I reread it every 10 years or so, my appreciation of the truths it tells will grow in proportion with my own life-experience.” . . . what a very astute observation. I wish I had re-read more books over the years; that reminds me, I MUST re-read Lord of the Rings! New Year’s Resolution numéro un ;-)
Ah, now that is a wonderful New Year’s Resolution!