George Grant: The North American C. S. Lewis

GL7022Ron Dart discusses George P. Grant as the Canadian C. S. Lewis:

When Grant left Oxford he ended up coming back to Canada, his first published work, big one, was Philosophy in the Mass Age, and you can really see in Philosophy in the Mass Age C. S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man at work. Grant is thinking through, as I mentioned in an earlier presentation, the liberal tradition, which emerged with Puritanism in the 16th century of which Modern secular liberals are enfolded in … and So where does liberalism actually lean, when fleshed out or unfolded? So we have these principles we are enfolded in, what do they look like ethically, theologically, ecclesiologically, when they unfold? So, just as you plant a sunflower seed you get a sunflower plant, an acorn becomes an oak tree, ideas have consequences, as Weaver said. And so, Grant was very concerned, as was Lewis, with the realm of ideas, because he knew that in the realm of ideas there were consequences, in terms of people’s understanding of identity, of purpose, of communities, of education, of culture, and of all these things. Grant when on to be one of the most prolific writers in Canada, and in many ways his time at Oxford with C. S. Lewis and the Socratic Club shaped, informed, and directed much of his philosophical, theological, political, educational, and cultural thinking when he came back to Canada. So I don’t think there can be any doubt that George Grant is the C. S. Lewis of Canada.

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Published in Clarion: Journal of Spirituality and Justice, 7 July 2015.