C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces is, in his own words, “a myth retold,” specifically, the ancient Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. As literary critic Thomas Howard explains, the ideas explored in the work are wide-ranging and profound: the mystery and “otherness” of the transcendent; human rebellion against the demands of the Divine; servanthood and vicarious suffering. Lewis chose myth as the form through which to wrestle with these ideas, for the mythical way of seeing the world is fundamentally opposed to the tenets of modernism for which Lewis had such unrelenting criticism. Howard discusses the difference between myth and the novel, and suggests that, in many ways, Christianity can be understood as the myth that is true.
- Mostly a diatribe against "modernity"
To Howard, everything not Catholic and sacramental in character falls under "rationalism". If you're a self-loathing Protestant, romantic, anti-modern or Protestant despising Catholic, you'll like it. If not, not. Howard can't understand what Postmodernism is because he's mired in it. The entire point of philosophy is wise action, so the charge of "rationalism" as some mainstream view (rather than as an extreme) is bogus.
I loved this! If you've just read Till We Have Faces and you're hankering for more this is very entertaining. Must have listened 3-4 times.