Thursday, April 19, 2018

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 Narnia books. Those are a collection in the children's fantasy genre.  A pair of recent movies were very popular with children, and adults like me who enjoy tuning out reality for a time. In highschool, your author was required to read another Lewis book - "Out of the Silent Planet". It too was a fantasy. The genre was quasi Sci/Fi. To recap Silent Planet: Earth was the silent planet because the Gods stopped communicating with the residents on earth; while continuing to communicate with creatures on other planets. Obscure religious themes abounded in the text but were not openly discussed in class. This 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 Lewis cohort millions know.  He wrote The Lord of the Rings books.  Those too were recently portrayed in cinema.  Lewis & friends named their group "Inklings". When together, they considered philosophical and religious items. In this context, Lewis confronted Christianity from a philosophical perspective. He discovered he was unable to discredit it - using the rules that define proper philosophical evaluation. Lewis' faith in Christianity took hold.  His intellect was immense.  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' comments 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.  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' practical use of common references are infrequently adjacent turns of language that provide a peek into his considerable mind and writing abilities. Lewis is no prude and openly castigates boors and arrogant snobs who cavalierly, without proper consideration, or, credential, expound Christian comments and secular ideologies incorrectly - or for personal and political reasons.

Don't like reading?  It's all on audio.

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