Jesus must be either who He said He was–the Son of God–or He must have been a liar or a lunatic. So goes the “trilemma” as developed in the apologetics of C. S. Lewis. But now lots of people are claiming another option, that He was simply a legend. But was he? And how can we persuade someone who thinks he was?
Tom Gilson, in Touchstone, offers a quite brilliant line of thought refuting that notion, in what is, in effect, a literary apologetic. Read it all, but I give a sample after the break. [Read more...]
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...]
Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy, and Aldous Huxley. The curious conjunction of the death of these three individuals (a Christian apologist, an American president, and a speculative novelist), with their different cultural contributions and different worldviews, on November 22, 1963 is worth contemplating, especially at the half-century milestone. So that’s what we will do today on this blog.
One of the unsettling details in the Chronicles of Narnia is that Susan, one of the original four children who stumble into the wardrobe, does not go into Aslan’s country at the conclusion of the series. She is apparently an apostate, who came to prefer worldly shallow concerns like “nylons and lipstick and invitations” to Narnia. Symbolically, she seemed to be rejecting the Christianity that Narnia means, signifying her damnation.
And yet, a child back in C. S. Lewis’s day asked the author about this, and he gave a very different answer. Jeremy Lott tells about it, and poses a challenge of his own. [Read more...]
My friend and former colleague Joel Heck has been doing some exhaustive research on the life of C. S. Lewis. He has put together a detailed chronology that you can see on his website. On the basis of that work, Joel has prepared a C. S. Lewis calendar. It isn’t tied to a particular year, so it can be used year after year, showing what the great Christian apologist, literary scholar, and fantasy writer was doing on any particular day. After the jump, details about how to get one of these calendars. [Read more...]