This is from CS Lewis’s ‘Transposition’ essay…
"Hence our notion of Heaven involves perpetual negations:no food, no drink, no sex, no movement, no mirth, no events, no time, no art.
Against all these, to be sure, we set one positive: the vision and enjoyment of God. And since this is an infinite good, we hold (rightly) that it outweighs them all. that is, the reality of the Beatific Vision would or will outweigh, would infinitely outweigh, the reality of the negations."
I am writing a fictional story about a collector of statues of movie characters who’s starts as an atheist but his faith grows. I was going to use the above CS Lewis quote to ‘help him’ discover that the loss of ‘art’ like statues of movie creations, will have, in Lewis’s words later in the same essay, “the reverse side of fulfilling.” In other words, they might not BE in the next life but something will that will differ to the original like a real landscape differs to a pencil drawing. And also, that this Beatific Vision will infinitely outweigh the negation of such earthly joys.
I know it seems a daft question, but would the above quote be a good one to use? I suppose Lewis might not have had statues in his mind when he wrote ‘art’, though I’m sure that doesn’t matter.
I really want to bring Lewis into this tale…are there any other quotes that might work even better?