How that world can influence this world

In looking at CS Lewis’ The Weight of Glory and Soren Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death, parallels are not immediately apparent.  But upon further consideration, some important commonalities emerge.  In The Weight of Glory, Lewis piques believers’ consciences by suggesting that concern for our neighbors future standing in “that world” should motivate an evangelistic outreach in “this world”.  In The Sickness Unto Death, Kierkegaard taps into ones drive to create personal identity in this world (and the frustration that can bring if done apart from God) to illustrate the necessity of that world in forming a joy filled identity.  “This world” is our current physic0-spiritual state.  “That world”, affecting us now by anticipation, is our post death spiritual state.  In both of these works, the authors emphasize that a renewed in truth spiritual identity in this world opens the door for fulfilled spiritual identity in this world AND that world.

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