Seeing the whole image of God in virtuous traits exhibited by men and women.
This piece was published in Fathom Magazine on July 11, 2018.
I read C. S. Lewis’s science fiction novels, called The Space Trilogy, a couple of years before the current firestorm of awareness on gender issues. With the amount of attention paid to the #MeToo movement and the increasing conversation around “toxic masculinity,” I can’t help but think of how Lewis was ahead of his time, and how, through story, he shed light on this very topic.
Perelandra, the second novel in The Space Trilogy, is particularly relevant to our times. In it, Lewis retells the Eden story as occurring on the planet we call Venus. In this tale, the First Lady of that world is again the central character. But, unlike Eve, she resists the tempter, and she and her husband attain the lordship of their world along with open fellowship with the Oyarsa (angel-like beings who rule the planets).
During the triumphant coronation of Venus’ new king and queen, Lewis describes the two Oyarsa who are present as “free from any sexual characteristics,” yet one possesses traits that are “masculine” and the other traits that are “feminine.”