S5:E34 The Great Divorce

S5:E34 The Great Divorce

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C.S. Lewis’ book “The Great Divorce” has a powerful message for today

In 1945, C.S. Lewis published his excellent book “The Great Divorce”. It happens to be one of my favorite books. It has many themes, the biggest of which is that there can be no hell in heaven. The two are divorced from each other (hence the title). Another is that humans are easily distracted from God’s work and the gospel.

What distracts you from heaven?

This season I’ve been telling the backstory of Christian fundamentalism. I think many of us have been distracted from the gospel because of politics or the people around us. If you were joined by a loved one who passed away or an angel who challenged you to walk to heaven, would you? What distracts you from following Jesus? From really going for it?

Special thanks to my improv troupe (Nick, Josh, and Jackie) who helped with voices. Additional vocal work came from Paul Hastings from the “Compelled” podcast and Jerry Dugan from “Beyond the Rut”. Give their shows a listen and let me know what you think!


  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (though I only used some concepts)

Discussion Questions:

  • What distracts you from following God?
  • Are you tied too strongly to things? Safety? Your family? Your job? Your identity? Your politics?
  • What books do you read over and over again? Why?
  • How can a person’s own love of intellectualism be a distraction? How can we have compassion?