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TCG Letter #64 / Carpenter Letter #49

J.R.R. Tolkien
C.S. Lewis
April 1943*
Tolkien began by stating that he had never been happy about Lewis's view of Christian "policy" regarding divorce, although he could not before say why. He did not want to argue if the policy was right but wanted to point out that Lewis’s opinion was based on an argument revealing a confusion of thought to be found in his booklet.

Tolkien said that the majority of all practicing Christians (with whom Lewis disagreed) found divorce a horror, the horror of good machines ruined by misuse. Toleration of divorce is toleration of human abuse, only to be tolerated as a matter of mere expedient policy. Tolkien said that under his limitation of space Lewis did not have the opportunity to expand upon his policy of tolerating abuse.

*This draft letter is dated as April 1943 by Hammond/Scull in the J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Vol: 1 - Chronology, see entry for April 1943.

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