C.S Lewis’s Message for our Pandemic

“And at first sight this seems to be an odd thing to do during a great war. What is the use of beginning a task which we have so little chance of finishing? Or, even if we ourselves should happen not to be interrupted by death or military service… Is it not like fiddling while Rome burns?” C.S. Lewis, a World War I veteran, wrote these words as the Nazis neared London. While they may have been written about wartime education, they are just as relevant for pandemic education.

When the coronavirus pandemic was first taking shape in January, I was in Dr. Laura Smit’s class on the theology of Narnia. Smit shared a brief passage and summarized some of Lewis’s “Learning in Wartime” sermon. The thesis of “Learning in Wartime” has stuck with me since. 

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