Augustine and C.S. Lewis on Friendship
Keywords:St Augustine, The Four Loves, Confessions, The Confessions, pears, City of God, golden sessions, Inklings, Alypius, Simplicianus, Ambrose, Verecundus, Severus, Possidius, Paulinus, Stoic, apathy, Grief Observed, Platonic, Love, eros, phileo, unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable, heart
In The Four Loves C.S. Lewis critiques Augustine’s view of friendship. A recent study of Augustine, however, has led Walter Hansen to conclude that Lewis was wrong about Augustine's view of friendship. Lewis could have relied upon Augustine as a great ally to strengthen his essay on friendship love; instead, "with trembling" Lewis rejected St Augustine's teaching. It is "with trembling," then, that Walter Hansen offers a correction to Lewis. Hansen argues not that Lewis misread Augustine but that Lewis and Augustine actually had the same perspective on friendship love.