Dark and Disturbing
January 21, 2009

I have just finished reading That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis – a novel about dark powers taking over society.

The book is the last in a space trilogy, but it is not space fiction in the way we usually think about that term. Instead, these absorbing and mind-expanding books are about God and good and evil, and the nature of us humans and of God’s purposes and power.

So this book is filled with confusion, deceit, fear, treachery, science, technology, nature, and a campaign for the abolition not only of religion but also of emotion and the inidvidual.

But it is also about God and his mysterious ways of working in this fallen world. The Director and the other good people in this story do not talk about religion in the vague sense of “some mist steaming upward.” They talk about God, and their picture of him is of “strong, skilful hands thrust down to make, and mend, perhaps even to destroy.”

If you have read this book (or the trilogy), what are your thoughts? Send me a reply.