Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Genius of Clive Staple (CS) Lewis - it's NOT what you think!

(Thanks to Truth According to Scripture's web site.)

CS Lewis is most recently known for his books on Narnia - those are a collection in the children's fantasy genre.  A pair of recent movies reaped huge sums that I pray Mr. Lewis progency get to share.  In highschool, your author was required to read another Lewis book - "Out of the Silent Planet" - another fantasy. This book was quasi Sci/Fi.  To recap Silent Planet briefly : Earth was the silent planet because the Gods stopped communicating with the residents on earth; while continuing to communicate with creatures on other planets.  In my mind, obscure religious themes abounded but were not openly discussed in class. How else could the Board of Ed sanction the work?  That was ten years after the O'Hare decision to ban school prayer.

Despite the idioms he used when writing, at his heart, Lewis was a reformed and penitent Christian.  Lewis chose atheism early in life. His mother's death and other frustrations combined with additional secular instruction in school to turn Lewis away from God.  Later in life Lewis re-discovered his faith while conferring with several significant English authors - JRR Tolkein is one name millions know.  He wrote The Lord of the Rings books.  Those too were recently portrayed in cinema.  They named this group "Inklings" - they considered philosophical and religious items and that associatiuon rekindled Lewis' faith in Christianity.  His intellect was immense and invaded numerous topics.  His best works, IMO, are where his passions are invested - Christianity.  He describes Christianity better than the majority of clergy I've met or heard.  Lewis greatly influenced the likes Ravi Zacharias - referenced in the upper left links - Mr. Smarty Pants.

I'm currently re-enjoying Lewis' stellar treatise on his religion of choice -  Mere Christianity.  (I commend this book to every Christian, and wannabe Christian who for any reason lost their faith.)  Lewis' flair with words in this work is purposely unremarkable from my perspective.  He held advanced degress in English, and Classic Languages.  Like every other brilliant communicator, he knew well the benefits of brevity and succinct, simple phrasing combined with common life experiences and references to those experiences.  A writer is most appealing and best understood when everyone, no matter their intellect, comprehends his work. Lewis uses common references and construction in his writing. That is infrequently abutted with turns of language that provide a peek into his considerable mind and abilities. Lewis is no prude and openly castigates boors and arrogant snobs who cavalierly, without credential, expound ideologies incorrectly - or for personal and political reasons.

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