The redoubtable Anthony Sacramone tells about how he was influenced–indeed, evangelized–by C. S. Lewis.
Mr. Sacramone had gone through through a Lutheran parochial school, learned the Catechism, was confirmed. But, like many young people, he left all of that behind as soon as he could. Christianity, he says, “seemed so small, constricting, even petty.” He became an atheist, but in the course of researching a story idea, he stumbled upon Lewis, who “made Christianity bigger than anything I could imagine.” Later, he came back to Lutheranism.
Read about this after the jump, and then I want to pose some questions. Christianity has mind-blowing teachings–the infinite God becoming a man, then taking the evil of the world into Himself and resolving it by dying and rising again and offering free forgiveness and everlasting life–so how in the world is it possible to make them seem dull? I mean, I can see why someone might not believe it, but how can Christianity be so poorly presented that it seems “small, constricting, even petty”? And yet somehow that’s the way it comes across to many people, especially young people brought up in the church. This is surely a communication fail of the highest magnitude. [Read more...]