When the eternal can be met: Bergsonian time in the theologies of C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden

James Corey Latta

Abstract

C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden all converted to the Christian faith and, upon conversion, turned to the theme of time in their post-conversion works. Interestingly, these Christian authors employed the secular philosophical framework of Henri Bergson's theory of duration to construct their theologies of time. As texts fostered by Bergson's ideas of intuition, the dualistic self, and durative force, Lewis's The Great Divorce , Eliot's Four Quartets , and Auden's "Kairos and Logos" are theological works that depict time as an agent