C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

1893 - 1963

Clive Staples or "Jack" Lewis was born and raised in Belfast and educated at Oxford where he became a tutor. He later became the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University. Brought up as a Christian, as a young man Lewis slipped into atheism, and then eventually converted back to Christianity. He was a prolific writer of apologetics, science fiction, fantasy for children as well as adults and much more. During his lifetime his writings as well as the radio talks he did were so popular that Time Magazine called him "the apostle to the skeptics". His life story has drawn attention in recent years due to the movie The Shadowlands, which was based on his love affair with American poet Joy Davidman which ended with her death of cancer. His imagination, the clarity of his writing and the force of his apologetics have influenced untold numbers of people. In fact, he is, in all probability, one of the most widely read Christian intellectuals of the twentieth century. If you aren't already one of that untold number, you can become one right here, right now.

The Abolition Of Man: Or Reflections On Education With Special Reference To The Teaching Of English In The Upper Forms Of Schools Don't let the title scare you off. This is not only about public education but also political, religious and philosophical concerns. Lewis explores how education develops one's sense of morality, why society needs objective values and attacks the subjective relativism he saw in his day. He felt that if moral relativism is allowed to run rampant it could eventually be the downfall of mankind. Thus the title. The subject matter here is directly relevant to the current debates over morality, the state of public education and our culture in America. An important work, imo. A Must Read! The Chronicles Of Narnia are masterpieces of fantasy. The boxed set includes all seven, The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle. These are the adventures of four children who travel to the land of Narnia, which is ruled by Aslan, a mighty lion, symbolic of Christ. Here they meet up with a variety of creatures, lovable characters as well as evil villains. The villains try to destroy Narnia but the children team up with Aslan to fight them. The children's relationship with Aslan corresponds with a Christian's relationship with God. For Ages 8 and Up.

The Great Divorce is a fantasy - kind of in the spirit of Dante's Divine Comedy. Board a bus on a rainy afternoon and travel with Lewis to Heaven and Hell. A round trip for some, but not for others. You'll encounter some interesting supernatural beings and perhaps come to some new conclusions about good and evil. "There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'". Which kind are you? For Young Adults and Older. Mere Christianity Provides people of all denominations with a basic understanding of essential Christian theology. Derived from a series of 15 minute radio talks Lewis gave in England during World War II. Preview Chapter one here.

God In The Dock is an apologetics sampler. A collection of essays and letters on various theological and ethical topics such as the logic of theism, good and evil, politics, women in church polity. A good place to start if you are new to Lewisiana. Miracles: A Preliminary Study Lewis is a thinking man's (or woman's) apologist. That's why I recommend him. Here he lays out a rational, logical, philosophical argument for the Supernatural God intervening in the natural world. One of my all time favorites! Give a copy to a skeptic.

Surprised By Joy: The Shape Of My Early Life In his classic spiritual autobiography, Lewis describes his spiritual journey as a search for joy which took him from a youthful Christianity through a bout of atheism and back to a mature Christianity. The Screwtape Letters Letters between a senior demon, Screwtape, and his young nephew, Wormwood, assigned to tempt a man and lead him astray from God. Screwtape advises on how best to get the job done. Imaginative, funny, thought provoking.

Grief Have you suffered a recent loss? Are you grieving? Feeling hopeless? This book has helped me in the past to work through the sorrow associated with loss and to find renewed hope. Perhaps it might do the same for you. The Problem Of Pain Why does a good, loving God allow so much human pain and suffering? Men may learn from it, but what about animals? C. S. Lewis tackles these thorny theological problems and comes up with sound, reasonable answers.

The Four Loves Four Greek words translate as Love in English: Storge, Philia, Eros and Agape - Affection, Friendship, Erotic love and Charity or the love of God. Lewis reflects on the virtues and pitfalls of each and on the nature of faith. A Grief Observed After his wife, Joy Gresham's, tragic death, Lewis experienced a crushing doubt about God for the first time. A Grief Observed contains his reflections on this period of his life. This is the book that inspired the film, Shadowlands, but it is much more heart wrenching, much more revelatory and much more real than the movie. A beautiful, honest record of how even a strong believer can lose all sense of meaning and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

Other Notable Works By Lewis

There are not alot of excerpts of C. S. Lewis' work online. We would have liked to provide some selected excerpts for you ourselves but it is our understanding that the estate of C. S. Lewis, the copyright holder on most of his works, does not grant permission for electronic citations. :( We have tried to provide the next best thing by assembling links to the best of the C. S. Lewis related sites on the net. The first one below has links to all Lewis' works that are in the public domain. Hope you enjoy them.

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