Augustine and C.S. Lewis on Friendship
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.