C. S. Lewis was convinced that, in the modern world, goodness often strikes us as bland and diluted, a kind of spiritual neutral. What we need, especially in the modern world, he thought, is a positive vision of the good, a vision of beauties that “pierce like swords or burn like cold iron,” as he once said of Tolkien’s work. We need a positive picture and we need to have positive desire, as opposed to thinking of goodness primarily in negative terms, as “not being bad.” Lewis thought we need to have a sense of the gravity and heaviness and, even, viscosity , if I may, of goodness: in other words, we need to feel the “weight of glory,” the title of his famous sermon. As I will argue in the remainder of this paper, no author taught him more about the gravity of goodness or the “weight of glory” than the medieval poet Dante Alighieri.
"“Evil Enchantment” versus Platonic Vision:
Dante, Lewis, and the Weight of Glory,"
Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal: Vol. 11
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/cslewisjournal/vol11/iss1/6