C.S. Lewis on Creativeness and Creatureliness

If I have read the New Testament aright, it leaves no room for ‘creativeness’ even in a modified or metaphorical sense. Our whole destiny seems to lie in the opposite direction, in being as little as possible ourselves, in acquiring a fragrance that is not our own but borrowed, in becoming clean mirrors filled with the image with a face that is not ours….

….the highest good of a creature must be creaturely—that is, derivative or reflective—good. In other words, as St. Augustine makes plain, pride does not only go before a fall but is a fall—a fall of the creature’s attention from what is better, God, to what is worse, itself.

—C.S. Lewis, “Christianity and Literature” in Christian Reflections, p. 7

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