If Lewis were alive would he be a saint or a heretic?

A few days ago I read Mason Slater’s excellent short article in Heretic Press titled “Clive: Real Thoughts on a Real Apologist” (starts on p. 10) where he asks why (conservative?) evangelicals have made a saint of a man who did not see Scripture as inerrant, who affirmed theistic evolution, and whose “hell is locked from the inside” eschatology seems closer to Rob Bell than Al Mohler. This has been something that has baffled me for some time. I am a fan of Lewis. He was influential on my thinking when I was wrestling with the claims of Christianity and even where I find his solutions unsatisfactory (e.g. his “Lord, Liar, or Lunatic” argument ignores the possibility that Jesus was misquoted or that his words morphed to mean more than he intended) they are still better than many of the answers I heard from my elders. Lewis provides intellectually satisfying solutions to many of my doubts.

That being said, I’m not comfortable with the word “inerrant”, I don’t have a problem with theistic evolution, and while I don’t see universalism as an option I confess that I am prone toward inclusivist soteriologies. So while I am an evangelical I don’t think I am the type that is at odds with a great deal of Lewis’ more controversial beliefs.

Now there are areas of Lewis’ thought with which I sympathetically disagree like his views on war, so I’m not saying one must agree with everything Lewis affirmed to honor him, but it is the particular elements of his thought wherein he departs from conservative evangelical orthodoxy that make me wonder why Lewis is a saint while Rob Bell or Brian McLaren are heretics.

If you consider yourself to be on the conservative side of evangelicalism (e.g. you affirm inerrancy, deny evolution, and think any form of universalism or even inclusivism is heresy or at least dangerous heterodoxy), yet you think highly of Lewis, why? What is it about Lewis that you can accept even if he disagrees with doctrines you hold near and dear? Also, do you find yourself being able to accept Lewis even though you disagree with areas of his thought yet unable to fellowship with your contemporaries that disagree with you over similar issues? Or do you dislike Lewis’ overall agenda because of these things? If you consider yourself more of a progressive evangelical or something else, and a fan of Lewis, do you have conservative friends who like Lewis but not you? What reasons do they give if any?

In other words, the “big question” that I’m asking is why Lewis is beloved when he affirmed so many ideas considered very taboo in the same segments of evangelicalism that honor him?