If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis
Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life
by Alister McGrath
"McGrath is ingenious and persuasive in searching Lewis's writings."
—Times Literary Supplement
What if you could ask C. S. Lewis his thoughts on some of the most difficult questions of life?
"Let's imagine that we're having lunch with Lewis, and one of us asks him how he came to find meaning in life—or, specifically for him, how he became a Christian. What might he say?"
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"This book is not yet another study of Lewis’s intellectual development or friendships. It’s about how Lewis can help us to think through the deepest questions of life, written by someone who has been helped by Lewis in exactly this way."
Once a convert to the Christian faith, Lewis began his lifelong task of “passing it on” – sharing the gift he’d been given as an “apologist” for the faith.
Bruce G. Epperly
C. S. Lewis – and his friend Aslan – inspires us to think big, be broad in our listening, and grow as fellow adventures with the One who spins galaxies and gives life to us on Easter morning.
Amid the darkness, Lewis asserts, there are distinct “chinks” of light, which, faint though they may be, help the lost person to carry on and believe that some larger operating principle is at work.
In Chapter 3, “A Story-Shaped World,” McGrath examines how and why Lewis came to write the Chronicles of Narnia and the importance of those stories as representations of the Christian story.
While each chapter offers a wealth of insight on topics as diverse as faith, suffering, friendship, and apologetics, as a professional educator myself, the chapter on education struck me as especially powerful.
What C. S. Lewis wants us to become is critical so we will not remain gullible. Lewis also wants to deliver us from the conceit that our own ideas are always the best.