experienced through our bodies

In The Four Loves, [Lewis] writes, “We were made for God. Only by being in some respect like him, only by being a manifestation of his beauty and lovingkindness and wisdom and goodness, has any earthly beloved ever excited our love.” That clearly is the Augustinian wisdom: “Thou has made us for thyself, and therefore our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” But then Lewis goes on to correct Augustine’s definition of evil as loving creatures too much, writing that it is not that we have loved them too much, but that we did not quite understand what we were loving. When we see the face of God, we will know that we have always known it. In A Grief Observed, Lewis says of his wife’s beauty, “Of her, and of every created thing I praise, I should say, ‘In some way, in its unique way, it is like him who made it.'”

…The beauty of God is even experienced through our bodies. Save for the body, one whole realm of God’s glory, all that we receive through the senses, would go unpraised, for the beasts cannot appreciate it, and the angels are pure intelligences. The beauty of nature is a secret that God has shared with us alone, Lewis wrote. That may be one of the reasons why we were made, and why the resurrection of the body is so important.

…As Lewis says in that little mystical masterpiece called the “Heaven” chapter in The Problem of Pain[,] each of the redeemed shall forever know and praise some one aspect of the divine beauty better than any other creature can. Why else were individuals created, but that God, loving all infinitely, should love each differently? … For doubtless the continually successful, yet never completed, attempt by each soul to communicate its unique vision of God to all others (and that by means whereof earthly art and philosophy are but clumsy imitations) is also among the ends for which the individual was created.

From C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty (Baggett et al) in the essay “Lewis’s Philosophy of Truth, Goodness and Beauty” by Peter Kreeft.

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