C S Lewis on The Importance of Chastity." Podcast: Live At CS Lewis Centre Segment 1 of 3

Lewis at Desk PETER GOMES, Chaplain of Harvard tells the story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who was at Harvard to receive an honorary degree. When she rose to speak to the assembled graduates in Harvard Yard, many of whom had been aided by alcohol in their enjoyment of the ceremonies, she launched her speech with, "Young people, there is nothing more important than for you to be chaste." The graduates sat for a moment in befuddled silence, unsure of what she was talking about. "You must be chaste; your body is a temple," she continued. Some audience members brightened and said to one another, "Yea, I want to be chased! Sure, chase me all you want!" Hoots and shouts of praise accompanied the rest of Mother Teresa's speech. That's how many young people today have been taught to regard chastity--as a joke. In this podcast we take up the subject of CS Lewis' view of chastity. CS Lewis took the subject very seriously and said in Mere Christianity, "Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it: the Christian rule is, "Either marriage with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.' Now this is so difficult and so contrary to our instincts, that obviously either Christianity is wrong or our sexual instinct, as it now is, has gone wrong. One or the other. Of course, being a Christian, I think it is the instinct, which has gone wrong." Dr. Bryan Burton, Pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church and adjunct Professor of Theology at Fuller Seminary begins by putting Lewis thoughts in the content of his life, times and writing. Includes some audio of the late George Sayer commenting on Lewis' relationship with Mrs. Moore and Joy Davidman.

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