Having moved on to The Screwtape Letters, I'm continually impressed by Lewis' (we'll call it) "extrinsicism" - that is, Lewis' emphasis on the "externals" of religion.
Very frequently Lewis rails against introspective religion (that is, that self-centered piety that consists of heavy doses of self-examination). In his biography, I read a letter in which he believed that abstaining from introspection was the key to avoiding insanity in one's later life. In Mere Christianity, he virtually identifies humility as the opposite of introspection. And in The Screwtape Letters he has more or less identified that sort of piety as the subtlest form of idolatry, one of the demons' key tactics in causing apostasy.
(This is not even to mention his oft-quoted discussion on the sacramental nature of matter and spirituality, in which he points out that "God likes matter. He invented it.")
In retrospect, it's pretty obvious that my early encounters with Lewis' cleared the way for Peter Leithart's later iconoclastic tract, Against Christianity. (And this is all to say that the entirety of the Federal Vision controversy can be summed up in the question: Was C.S. Lewis Reformed?)
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