“To Love is to be Vulnerable”: A Talk by C.S. Lewis

November 14, 2021

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable.

Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.

If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.

Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.

But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change.

It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation.”

C.S. Lewis was an intellectual giant of the 20th century, famed for books like The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, and the Narnia series for children.

Coming late to Christianity, he became an enormously influential lay Anglican theologian. He taught at Oxford University and became a renowned Christian apologist writer, using logic, philosophy, imagination and humour to support the tenets of his faith.

The above words are from a rare BBC recording. ‘Agape’ is the final talk in a series of four on the different kinds of love. To hear this lively, challenging and engaging recording, visit www.newpilgrimpath.ie.