C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

“The Christian is to resist the spirit of the world. But when we say this, we must understand that the world-spirit does not always take the same form. So the Christian must resist the spirit of the world in the form it takes in his own generation.” C. S. LEWIS

C. S. Lewis is the most popular Christian writer of the 20th Century by a huge margin. People from all branches of the Faith love his books. Sales of his works remain robust, and conferences and societies continue to honor his legacy.

Lewis stands as a philosopher of religion who encourages us to reconcile faith with reason. He fought for the orthodox Christian worldview over against the postmodern spirit that denies absolute truth and embraces nihilism.

“The standard of permanent Christianity must be kept clear in our minds, and it is against that standard that we must test all contemporary thought. In fact, we must at all costs not move with the times.” C. S. LEWIS

C. S. Lewis as a young man
C. S. Lewis as a young man
CS LEWIS quotes
CS LEWIS quotes

C S Lewis Biography

Born in Belfast, Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) died quietly the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

As a boy, he loved mythology. His early life was tranquil; his precocious mind filled by a house full of books. The person he loved most in the world, his dear mother, died of cancer when the lad was but nine years old, and this loss created a cloud of pessimism that lasted a lifetime.

He was soon sent to boarding school, where he regularly went to church, said his prayers, and read his Bible. But as a teenager, Lewis was introduced to erotic literature and the occult, eventually becoming an atheist. He said, “Nearly all that I loved I believed to be imaginary; nearly all that I believed to be real I thought grim and meaningless.”

In 1917, Lewis was admitted to Oxford and so began a life of reading, writing, lecturing, and debating. It was classmate Owen Barfield who convinced Lewis that he was guilty of “chronological snobbery”—the belief that new ideas are automatically better than the old.

His long road back to life began when fell under the spell of the Scottish Romantic author George MacDonald, who was also a Christian minister. Lewis began to realize that atheist authors were shallow and superficial, while authors who saw the world through the lens of a Christian worldview had a profound depth in their writings. In 1929, he finally knelt, prayed, and came back to God. It was two more years before he abandoned Deism and was convicted in his heart that Christ Jesus was exactly who He said He was: The Son of God and the Savior of Mankind.

C. S. Lewis as a boy
C. S. Lewis as a boy

C S Lewis Books

The “Literary Evangelist” is one nickname applied to Lewis. Fifty million of his books have been sold. He wrote theological and apologetic treatises, as well as fantasy novels, to equal acclaim.

Mere Christianity (1952) is the most widely read and influential of his non-fiction books, while the seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia the most beloved of his works of fiction. Also quite famous are the autobiographical Surprised by Joy (1956) and his book about coming to terms with the death of his wife, A Grief Observed (1961). The Abolition of Man has proved to be his most prophetic work.

In 1960, Lewis observed: “There are a great many people who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but still call themselves by that name: some of them are clergymen.”

The house in which C. S. Lewis lived as a child
The house in which C. S. Lewis lived as a child

SALVATION

C. S. Lewis defined his mission as “to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.” He believed nothing is as important as “the salvation of a single soul" and that evangelism is the “real business of life.” The Oxford Don toiled tirelessly to make high brow theological concepts understood by the common folks.

God wants to transform us, but we must overcome pride and our selfish will, as Lewis writes about in The Problem of Pain. Salvation only comes to those who willingly put themselves in the hands of Christ, where we might be transformed into His likeness. If we have faith, we will trust God, and if we trust God, we will do what he says because we believe He has our best interests at heart. We can never earn salvation; we can only be given it if we surrender and repent.

The problem of humanity is a moral problem, and sin is what separates us from God. Despite its seductive promises, sin leads us down the path of perdition.

C. S. "Jack" Lewis with his big brother Warnie
C. S. "Jack" Lewis with his big brother Warnie
C.S. LEWIS QUOTES
C.S. LEWIS QUOTES
C. S. Lewis with Ernest Moore in World War One (1917)
C. S. Lewis with Ernest Moore in World War One (1917)

God and Man

A section called “Nice People or New Men” in Mere Christianity introduces us to a pair of fictional characters, one of whom is a not very likable Christian and the other a non-believer with a wonderful personality. Lewis says most people would say the non-believer was most like Jesus and use this to argue that not only are some Christians hypocrites but you don’t have to believe in Christ to be a good person. Lewis makes the brilliant point that instead of comparing these two extreme examples we should be asking a different question altogether: What if the non-believer was a Christian? And what if the Christian was not?

Our author refutes the popular liberal idea that the character of an individual is the result of social factors beyond our control—which 'progressives' use to make excuses for all sorts of bad behavior, especially by the ‘poor’ and ‘disadvantaged’—and argues that we have the ability to choose if we will become the type of person God wants us to be (that we can be if we accept His transformative grace).

In The Screwtape Letters he shows us that “to watch a man do something is not to make him do it.” The reference is to the old argument that, if God knows what we are going to do, we don’t have free will. Lewis conveys that the fallacy comes from not understanding that God exists outside space and time and therefore human past, present, and future are all in the present to Him. God does not force us to do anything, but he knows what we will do in His Eternal Now.

In Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis tells of an old argument he had with schoolmates as to whether “the future was like a line you can’t see or like a line that is not yet drawn.”

Personally, I have long wondered: Is God ever surprised?

In a discussion about predestination, Lewis comes up with a brilliant solution: “I find the best plan is to take the Calvinist view of my own virtues and other people’s vices; and the other view of my own vices and other people’s virtues.”

C. S. Lewis believed salvation to be an ongoing process—not a one-time thing. Conversion is a huge event, but one can choose to backslide and stop cooperating with the Holy Spirit and thereby lose salvation. True believers can fall from grace.

THE EAGLE AND CHILD PUB, WHERE C. S. LEWIS MET WITH J.R.R. TOLKIEN AND THE REST OF THE "INKLINGS" FROM 1939-1962 FOR BOOKS AND BEER
THE EAGLE AND CHILD PUB, WHERE C. S. LEWIS MET WITH J.R.R. TOLKIEN AND THE REST OF THE "INKLINGS" FROM 1939-1962 FOR BOOKS AND BEER
THE INKLINGS FAVORITE CORNER IN THE EAGLE AND CHILD PUB
THE INKLINGS FAVORITE CORNER IN THE EAGLE AND CHILD PUB

The Bible

Some liberals abandoned Lewis because he strongly believed in objective truth and that Jesus was God Incarnate.

He taught that most everybody regularly submits to authority in which they place faith. So the real question is whose authority we will accept; in whom will we place our faith?

The New Testament is historically reliable, according to Lewis. For one reason, the writers of it possess the prime great characteristic of honest witnesses: they disclose some information that seems damaging to their own conclusions, which they easily could have omitted, and that no false teacher would have fabricated.

Some modern atheist critics complain that mythology contains some similar stories to those that appear in the Bible. They take this as evidence that the Bible copied other myths. Lewis says, why make that assumption? Unless you start from non-belief intent on disproving God? Why not think that some mythologies copied the Bible or simply bear witness to the same events the Bible accurately describes?

The purpose of the Bible is to convey the Truths of God to the reader. And Lewis says that not only were the writers of Scripture inspired by God to write what they wrote, but the receiver must also be inspired by the Holy Spirit to comprehend the reality of God’s message. It requires a discerning, humble spirit with pure motives to comprehend the Word of God because God has revealed the Truth to us to transform us into the likeness of Christ—not to satisfy man’s intellectual curiosities.

QUOTES BY C S LEWIS
QUOTES BY C S LEWIS
OXFORD UNIVERSITY
OXFORD UNIVERSITY

The Christian Faith

The Christian Faith is absolutely, objectively the Truth, Lewis believed, not simply some cold comfort. He did not think—as liberals do—that religion is only subjective, personal, and private. As he said so succinctly, “Christianity is a statement, which if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

One of man’s highest callings is the pursuit of the Truth. Lewis wrote that many people refuse the Truth because they are morally corrupt. They want the Truth—that God is the ultimate moral judge of men—suppressed because they want to indulge their sinful appetites. “It would be very convenient if Christianity were not true,” he wrote, for those who habitually engage in immoral behaviors. Instead of doing what is approved of, they simply approve of what they desire to do.

Lewis reminds us that he is not merely defending his personal beliefs but the historic orthodox doctrines of the faith, which are summarized in the ecumenical creeds. Authority, experience, and reason are the ingredients required to discern the Truth of anything. Faith is belief well grounded in firm factual truths.

The foundation of 20th century thought (for non-believers) is a bias that prevents them from giving the Christian Faith—the supernatural aspects of it, not the Social Gospel—a fair trial. They assume Christianity is false and attempt to build a case against it with that prior assumption instead of evaluating its truth claims on objective grounds. They start with the notion that the worldview of Christians is tainted, but theirs is not.

If a man does not want to be saved, he will get his wish. Lewis never wants to tell people what to think but to engage them on a serious intellectual level. The cultural intelligentsia of any age shapes the thinking of the masses, and it is shaped by the spirit of this world. Lewis sought to inject the Christian Faith into subjects that non-believers—who do not read overtly Christian material—would be interested in; through those great influencers of culture: Books.

OXFORD ENGLAND
OXFORD ENGLAND
QUOTES BY C S LEWIS
QUOTES BY C S LEWIS
C. S. LEWIS
C. S. LEWIS

MORALITY

“If no set of morals were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilized morality to savage morality, or Christian morality to Nazi morality. In fact, we all believe that some moralities are better than others. The moment you say that one set of moral ideas can be better than another; you are, in fact, measuring them by a standard, saying that one of them conforms to that standard more nearly than the other. But the standard that measures two things is something different from either.” C.S. LEWIS

Before Freud, guilt acted as an early warning system that told us there was real moral danger ahead. Psychology sees guilt as a dysfunctional feeling that must be expunged by a therapist, who will explain away your guilty feelings and train you to blame others for your moral failings. This is a devilish trick to teach people that they have no need of forgiveness by God—and therefore no need to repent of their sins.

We should concentrate on the ordinary sins in the lives of decent, average people, Lewis believed, and not let the Evil One sidetrack us into thinking that social ills are caused by the sins of an abstract, ambiguous, amorphous ‘society.’ The reality of a universal moral standard and our inability to obey it is “the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in.”

Mere Christianity opens with a story of three people arguing about cutting in line, breaking promises, and a seat on a bus. In each quarrel, there is an appeal to an objective standard that every person is supposed to know, and in fact that each of them acknowledges knowing. They do not dispute the standard, but they search for excuses or loopholes as to why it doesn’t apply to them in the current dispute. To Lewis, the daily actions and interactions of people everywhere shows that ultimate standards of right and wrong that govern human behavior are an objective reality.

Now some would argue this is nothing more than natural instinct. But if morality were mere instinct, why would anyone jump into a raging river to save a drowning child? Why would anyone, possessed as we all are with an overwhelming instinct for self-preservation, risk their own lives for others as lifeguards, firefighters, police officers, soldiers, and other heroes do?

Some postmodern deconstructionists argue that morality is merely social convention. Teachers, parents, and pastors, of course, inculcate morality. Does that prove it is a social construct or even of human origin? We teach children primary colors and multiplication tables—can we make them anything we want them to be?

Without objective standards of right and wrong, how could we hold criminals accountable or even say that Pol Pot was wrong to slaughter two million Cambodians to achieve his socialist dream? Even the “tolerant” crowd does not think we should tolerate rape or even racism. If there is no objective Truth and therefore no objective right and wrong, how can racism be called wrong?

The fact is we all believe in ultimate standards, if we admit it or not.

THE CHURCH C. S. LEWIS ATTENDED FOR OVER 30 YEARS
THE CHURCH C. S. LEWIS ATTENDED FOR OVER 30 YEARS

Christ Jesus

Jesus claimed to be an eternal, divine being who forgives the sins of the repentant and will one day judge the living and the dead. That is why the Jews wanted Him dead. The greatest sin of Judaism was to claim divine status, which was considered blasphemous and deserving of death.

The leaders of the Jewish people were particularly outraged that Jesus said He could forgive sins. Only God can offer forgiveness because He is the One ultimately offended by all sin.

C.S Lewis famously says that when it comes to Jesus—when He asks us, “Who do you say I am?”—There are only three possible answers: a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord of the universe (as He said He is).

Even people who hate Christianity generally admit Jesus was a good moral teacher of sound mind. They don’t think Him silly or conceited. They will usually concede He lived a life beyond reproach. People of all persuasions see that He had incredibly profound insights and was of impeccable character. He was a masterful teacher who led an exemplary life. So how could He be crazy or a deceiver of men?

C.S. LEWIS QUOTES
C.S. LEWIS QUOTES
C. S. LEWIS as an older man
C. S. LEWIS as an older man
"THE KILNS" was the home of C. S. LEWIS for 34 years
"THE KILNS" was the home of C. S. LEWIS for 34 years
THE WRITING DESK OF C. S. LEWIS IN HIS HOME AT THE KILNS
THE WRITING DESK OF C. S. LEWIS IN HIS HOME AT THE KILNS

The Problem of Evil, Pain, & Suffering

The problem of evil presents a great challenge to the Christian apologist, along with the existence of suffering and pain. The question is, “If God is perfect and good and omnipotent, why do these things exist? If God is all-powerful He could obliterate all pain, suffering, and evil in an instant, and if He truly is perfectly good He would, wouldn’t He?”

C.S. Lewis answers this way: “But suppose that what you are up against is a surgeon whose intentions are wholly good. The kinder and more conscientious he is, the more inexorably he will go on cutting. If he yielded to your entreaties, if he stopped before the operation was complete, all the pain up to that point would have been useless. But is it credible that such extremities of torture should be necessary for us? Well, take your choice. The tortures occur. If they are unnecessary, then there is no God or a bad one. If there is a good God, then these tortures are necessary. For no even moderately good Being could possibly inflict or permit them if they weren’t.”

I would say to the atheist, we are in a world of pain, suffering, and evil. You are saying it is all for nothing. Nothing could be sadder than that.

I don’t know why evil and pain present any kind of problem for non-believers. If we are nothing more than random accidents, here through the blind chance of evolution, and all that exists is the material world, then there is little reason to complain about evil and suffering since no one is listening. Energy and matter do not care what your problems are. Christians, on the other hand, believe that someone is hearing and caring about us.

If we set aside natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and disease, it is clear that the evil and suffering throughout history can be attributed to bad choices made by men of free will. War, oppression, injustice, and all kinds of abuse, rape, murder, deception, treachery, and robbery—all involve the misuse of freedom.

If God had not made us free to choose evil, we would not really be free. The same freedom that allows us to love allows us to hate. The same freedom that makes possible a Mother Theresa makes possible an Emperor Nero. God gave us the freedom to choose our own actions, but He will hold us responsible for the choices we make. God could not have made a world pregnant with meaning without creating people free to exercise their freedom in all that is meaningful in life—love, relationships, and acts of nobility.

Lewis lamented that modern folks seem to “want not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven—a senile benevolence who likes to see young people enjoying themselves.” We should remember that the primary concern of God is not our temporal gratification—fleeting pleasures that have no redemptive value—but our eternal health. If God loves you, would He not do whatever it takes to cut the cancer of sin out of your heart even if it requires the scalpel of suffering? Should God not use the megaphone of pain, even if it hurts, to heal your soul and prepare you for Heaven?

Pain and suffering not only rouse us from the sleep of self-sufficient complacency; they can purify our motives, correct our attitudes, and humble us, as well as provide opportunities for familial and communal love, sympathy, and compassion.

Sin is real and people are responsible for it. That is the bottom line.

C. S. LEWIS WITH HIS WIFE JOY DAVIDMAN LEWIS
C. S. LEWIS WITH HIS WIFE JOY DAVIDMAN LEWIS

The Wider Hope

But what about the fate of the unevangelized? If Jesus is the only way to salvation, what about the millions who died without ever hearing the Gospel? I doubt that anyone reading this falls into that category.

God will judge according to the light received. All Truth is God’s Truth and response to light is ultimately a response to the Father of lights. What the Creator most requires of his creatures is purity of heart, not doctrinal knowledge or ritual precision. God is a loving father who gives all some degree of illumination and will not judge a person for light not received, only for light not followed, light rejected or ignored.

God is a reader of hearts and will judge you according to your motives—not what you didn’t know. Lewis is in the camp called “The Wider Hope.”

CS LEWIS QUOTES
CS LEWIS QUOTES

Free Will

If I offered a million dollars cash to every American who went an entire year without committing a single sin, would you consider me cruel if I did not also give the same reward to those who refused my offer?

God is holy and cannot tolerate any sin whatsoever in Heaven. Since we all fall far short of perfection and we are all sinners, God made a way for us to overcome this dilemma and that Way is through His Son Christ Jesus. The enormous responsibility of the Community of Christians is to spread this Good News throughout the world.

Lewis warns of a world where men will be dominated through social engineering, psychological manipulation, and pharmaceutical alteration. Those in charge will condition humanity according to their personal preferences. The end result will be dehumanization.

The manipulators are intent on demolishing objective morality and absolute truth, to rid mankind of its belief in God. Just like their atheist, socialist predecessors, they will promise unfettered freedom in a new utopia but deliver universal bondage and depravity.

In The Abolition of Man, Lewis writes: “At the moment, then, of Man’s victory over Nature, we find the whole human race subjected to some individual men, and those individuals subjected to that in themselves which is purely ‘natural’—to their irrational impulses. Nature, untrammeled by values, rules the Conditioners and, through them, all humanity. Man’s conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature’s conquest of Man.”

C. S. "JACK" LEWIS
C. S. "JACK" LEWIS

Jesus of Nazareth

There is only one person in the history of the world that both claimed to be God and is universally considered profoundly sagacious: Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus really is the Son of God and that accounts for the miracles He performed; His Resurrection from the dead; the incredible impact He made on history; the body of doctrine created around His Person; the founding and subsequently amazing success of the Christian Church; and the reliability of the New Testament.

At the heart of the Faith is God’s promise to make us like Jesus. Holiness is not adherence to a set of rigid rules but a transformation of the heart. Holiness is far from an oppressive burden. It is a vision of the beauty and meaning of life that answers our deepest longings for lasting happiness and leads us up into the arms of the holy heavenly Father.

The hope of heaven resides in every human heart.

C. S. Lewis

Every act of sin diminishes your own character. Our heavenly Father knows that we will never be truly happy if we are not holy. In Mere Christianity, Lewis shows his shepherd’s heart:

“But if you are a poor creature—poisoned by a wretched upbringing in some house full of vulgar jealousies and senseless quarrels—saddled, by no choice of your own, with some loathsome sexual perversion—nagged day in and day out by an inferiority complex that makes you snap at your best friends—do not despair. He knows all about it. He knows what a wretched machine you are trying to drive. Keep on. Do what you can. One day (perhaps in another world, but perhaps far sooner than that) He will fling it on the scrapheap and give you a new one. And then you may astonish us all—not least yourself: for you have learned to drive in a hard school.”

Place your trust in the goodness and wisdom of our heavenly Father. He can and will separate your true character from the physiological, environmental, emotional, and psychological baggage you carry. First recognize you have moral responsibility. You need the Great Physician. You must admit you are sick before you get the cure.

Some people today do not believe in a personal God because they want God to be beyond personality. Lewis said, “It is only Christians who have any idea of how human souls can be taken into the life of God and yet remain themselves—in fact, be more themselves than they were before.”

This is the opposite of New Age Pantheism that teaches we disappear into God like a drop of water would disappear into the ocean. God is more than a person in an ordinary sense but He is not impersonal. We can be united with God and retain our individual identity.

The Christian view of love, communication, personality, and relationship goes to the bottom of reality. The very things that make us distinctively human and most endow our lives with meaning, best make sense if we are creatures of a personal God.


The source I used to create this article is C.S. Lewis & Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of Our Time by Scott R. Burson & Jerry L. Walls

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Goodness, you have taken on a huge task here and done it amazingly well. I will need to re-read several times to fully digest your total message. For starters though, I do believe personally that it is impossible to be a perfect Christian. We are human. I do not believe personally that we are capable of living well enough to deserve salvation. My relationship with God is personal and provides a great deal of comfort to me but it is beyond my understanding. I just accept that there is God and that God works in all areas of my life. C.S. Lewis is a brilliant mind and writer and has much to teach, even today. More to come after a few re-reads but this is wonderful.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

When I saw C. S. Lewis, who is one of my favorite authors, I knew I had to come read, as it would be most excellent written by you, James.

"Mere Christianity" is my most favorite, along with "The Screwtape Letters." I have always thought of how great it would be to have another account on HP, other than "Faith Reaper," but as to something that would mimic "The Screwtape Letters," where the demons are talking to each other about the next course of action where they are planning to place those false imaginations into a Christian's mind, but then wind up still having to give the glorify to our Lord. I am not that great of a writer to even attempt such, but it would be interesting I think if someone were to do such or even write a hub of such a subject. I know I am not being very clear here, but maybe you understand from where I am coming?

Excellent write and oh so very interesting relating to a brilliant writer, C. S. Lewis. Voted Way Up.

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

I love your statement "Pain and suffering not only rouse us from the sleep of self-sufficient complacency; they can purify our motives, correct our attitudes, and humble us, as well as provide opportunities for familial and communal love, sympathy, and compassion." How so -often we see the projection of values on to others to appease self-loathing or guilt. Wonderful, absolutely wonderful, article on C.S. Lewis.


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liftandsoar 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Thanks again, James, for reminding a forgetful world of the true nature of the Christian faith but review C.S. Lewis' life and work. He was so right on so many fronts.

lrc7815, can't help but comment on your statement that "it is impossible to be a perfect Christian." Christians, be definition, are imperfect. Our only perfection is Christ's perfection transferred to our account and accepted by God as though it were ours. That's the Good News! Otherwise, Christianity would be just one more religion cooked up by humans. Please don't take this as a put-down, just a clarification.


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drmiddlebrook 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Hi again James, and thank you. For me, this one seemed to be "You" at your best. It seems you did not only a lot of research and reading, but also a lot of deep thinking on the topics you presented in this biography of one of my favorite writers. I love C. S. Lewis, and I sometimes quote him in my own writings.

This is my favorite passage from what you wrote:

"I would say to the atheist, we are in a world of pain, suffering, and evil. You are saying it is all for nothing. Nothing could be sadder than that.

I don’t know why evil and pain present any kind of problem for non-believers. If we are nothing more than random accidents, here through the blind chance of evolution, and all that exists is the material world, then there is little reason to complain about evil and suffering since no one is listening. Energy and matter do not care what your problems are. Christians, on the other hand, believe that someone is hearing and caring about us."

The whole article is well thought out, so well put together. But I'll be perfectly candid here (and know that I'm smiling as I write this!). After I read that, I said to myself, "I think I'm in love!" No kidding. The passage touched my heart, and I'm sure it had a lot to do with the emotional sum of what I'd read up to and including that passage, but in an instant I felt that the man who wrote the passage could only be A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART. Clearly, there's a caring genius in the mind that conceived and wrote those words.

Thank you for choosing C. S. Lewis, a beautiful and wonderful mind to reveal to us in such an engaging way.


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drmiddlebrook 4 years ago from Texas, USA

James, I forgot to note: I voted this article UP, Awesome, Beautiful and Interesting! Take care.


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Hi James - this is a very fine introduction to the life and work of CS Lewis. As an apologist for the faith, Lewis had this in common with Chesterton before him: that his command of language was commensurate with his intellect, making him one of the most persuasive of Christian writers. And yet, you won't be surprised to hear that I find some of his arguments, especially in 'Mere Christianity' to be logically flawed. 'The Screwtape Letters' is a work of genius, without a doubt. And this hub is pretty damn fine too ;)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Wonderful and fascinating read about C.S. Lewis, about Christianity and beliefs. Much enjoyed, much learned and passing this on.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I love CS Lewis, especially the Screwtape Letters. Love the way he showed us the subtleness of evil....and warns us all about it without being didactic. Thanks for sharing, this, and I share too!


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lindalou1963 4 years ago from Texas

My favorite work of his is something I remember from my childhood, and that I still enjoy today. The Chronicles of Narnia... which I absolutely adore!!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

lrc7815— Thank you for being my first visitor! This Hub was a big task. To condense C. S. Lewis down to less than 4,000 words is quite an undertaking. I appreciate your recognition of my efforts.

I agree with you that none of us will be perfect in this world. I am sure glad that when I stand in front of the Judgment Seat I will be hiding behind Jesus, who will say, "This is one of mine." :-)

God Bless You!

James


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graceomalley 4 years ago

I've loved CS Lewis since I was young - and that handsome picture of him when he was young isn't seen as often as it should be!

'The Great Divorce' is my favorite, one of my favorite books of all time. Great hub, really enjoyed it. Am feeling inspired to get some writing done myself now...


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Faith Reaper— Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate the voted way up, your kind compliments, and your blessings.

I agree with you that we can't top "Mere Christianity" or "The Screwtape Letters." One of my favorite stories by C.S. Lewis that I forgot to mention is in the "Great Divorce" where the guy has a red lizard on his shoulder that he contemplates killing.

I do understand where you are coming from about having such a Hub. I think you are perfectly capable of doing that. Remember that after Martin Luther left his inquisition hearing in front of the royalty of Europe and the heads of the Church, all arrayed in gold and jewels, while he stood in a plain brown robe and sandals with his life on the line and people fully expecting him to be executed, his friends said, "Man! What you spoke there was great!" To which Luther replied, "I don't remember what I said. It wasn't me speaking. It was the Holy Spirit."


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi James great hub and so very interesting which made it a awesome read. I learned a few things here today about C.S. Lewis. Well done !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

This is a great hub about a great man. C. S. Lewis is one of the most popular writers of faith, and his works show why. Thank you for a fascinating hub about a many who I thought I knew.


mours sshields 4 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

Excellent article about C.S. Lewis! Thanks for sharing this. I've known of C.S. Lewis for quite some time. I first heard of him in college, but never read much about him. Very interesting.

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

C.S. Lewis was a great writer. I remember the Screwtape Letters. That was very interesting to me. Also The Chronicles of Narnia, which I read as a child. None of us are perfect, some do our best, some do not.

But, this hub helped me learn more about the man who wrote about the the books. Very interesting. No one is perfect, but God forgives us, if we truly ask for forgiveness.

Thank you for writing this James.

God bless you.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

If there was ever a man with a gift for clarity it would be Lewis. I need to reread some of his works.

Excellent hub!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

One of my favorite authors, I love his books and was happy to see The Chronicles of Narnia become a great movie series in our time. I did not know of his past beliefs, now that I have read his biography here, I admire him even more. Great job, excellent coverage and tribute to Lewis. God bless you.


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Jen Card 4 years ago

This was a wonderful hub. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you! I have a book by C.S. Lewis I acquired some time ago and never read, "The Four Loves". I have enjoyed his more fictional works but I see now by the mention of his other books, I am further intrigued. I hope I don't regret this public admittance, but I am one of those mentioned that actually does not know of the Gospel. Not by any fault of my parents, but simply from being placed in the up bringing of a Baptist (to which I know none of their gospel) and Native American that allowed "me" to create the path to God. I know some of the biblical stories from Sunday school as a child, but that was the extent of it. I do know much of the Native ways to God. I do believe that Christ was a pure form of GOD that came here to help us. I do agree with a lot more of what you have written here. I am not educated on the Christian faith, however I do have hopes that an open heart that believes faithfully that we, mankind can get it right and get the ok! from our Father and be once again in the Heavenly home we all desire to go to. Thank you so much I really do appreciate these writings you share. If I may? ... if you would, please it coming this is great! I may never get my first hub written because I am too busy reading...but maybe that was the whole idea? :) Thank you again and I look forward to the next.


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Outstanding! I have read two biographies on Lewis. Jack's Life: the Story of CS Lewis, by Douglas Gresham, his step-son, and Jack: A Life of CS Lewis. I also read a book of his letters and his memoir type book, Surprised by Joy. I chose those biographies because they were by people who knew him intimately. Gresham's book was a great perspective, but I would say that his writing skills are rather simple and unsophisticated. The first part of the book almost sounds like a boy is writing it. But it was very insightful and the writing improved as the book went on.

What I found most astonishing about his life is his absolute commitment to the promise he made to his army friend, Ernest Moore, to take care of his mother should he be killed in the line of duty. The woman was a manipulative, nagging shrew and used and abused him horribly. He kept his commitment because he was a man of character and integrity. I hate it when biographers imply anything indecent between them. I honestly don't know how he stood all those years with her. Some have said he had a drinking problem. I don't believe that is accurate. His brother Warnie was a raging alcoholic, another test to Lewis' character. The love story between him and Joy Davidman is beautiful and bittersweet. After she died, he kept her boys and raised them, being late middle age and knowing nothing about child-rearing.

As impressive as his literary gifts, and apologetic writings and essays were, the man himself is even more impressive. The Lord used him in many ways, and he touched millions of lives through his books, and through his life. Thanks for a great read.

As a side note, a homeless, alcoholic guy came by our church to chat during a meal ministry and he came into the library to look around. He saw a huge book of Lewis' writings and asked if the "Screwball Letters" was in there. LMAO.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

cynthtggt— Thank you very much for taking the time to visit and read my article on C. S. Lewis. I appreciate your warm words. And I love this sentence that you wrote in your comments:

"How so -often we see the projection of values on to others to appease self-loathing or guilt."

Boy, we sure do. I see the most hateful people, with their faces literally scrunched up in hatred, screaming, "Say no to haters!" at nice little grandmas who happen to believe in orthodox Christianity.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

liftandsoar— You are quite welcome, my friend. I have no doubt but that Jack Lewis was a brilliant thinker and writer.

I appreciate the "clarification" you made. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

God Bless You!

James :)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

drmiddlebrook— Hello, my good doctor. You are most welcome. I love C. S. Lewis too. His works are so good that I can read them more than once and they are just as interesting the second, third or fourth time through. And that is something I can say about very few writers.

I surely agree with you that "C. S. Lewis [is or was] a beautiful and wonderful mind." And I certainly appreciate the "Voted UP, Awesome, Beautiful, and Interesting."

Maybe that will help my dismal Author Score! :-)

Thank you very much for reading this article. I am grateful for your gracious compliments, and humbled that your favorite passage in the Hub is one that came to me in a quiet moment while reflecting on Lewis' writings but a passage not actually from Lewis himself.

God Bless You!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Paraglider— Hey! It is great to 'see' you again, my friend. It is always a distinct pleasure to read your erudite remarks on my work. And you still have a keen eye. Thank you for noticing that grammar mistake and being gracious enough to point it out to me. I have made the correction. :D

I am a big fan of Chesterton, and published a Hub last month on "The Everlasting Man." I agree with you about Lewis that "his command of language was commensurate with his intellect." I wish I had that gift. And we are definitely in agreeance that "'The Screwtape Letters' is a work of genius."

I appreciate your kind compliments about my article.

James


stessily 4 years ago

James, You and parrster have a talent for conveying the essence of C.S. Lewis, an exceptionally talented thinker and writer. I've known Mr. Lewis all of my life; his books, fiction and non-fiction, were in my father's library, a library which, for its endless relevance to appreciating the gift of life through compassion and knowledge, was as precious as the lost, great library of ancient Alexandria.

You've undertaken a monumental task here, which is no surprise, considering the depth of your commitment to demystification of distractions from living in accordance with the words which inhere in the true hearts and souls of this seemingly mysterious world. Your words blend seamlessly with Mr. Lewis' words: well done!

I have two writings, awaiting final tweaking, on C.S. Lewis, one of which is on the Inklings, so I am pleased to see the photos of The Eagle and the Child. Also, your selection of photos effectively and beautifully provides a wonderfully visual narrative of Mr. Lewis' life.

Jesus of Nazareth: I am amazed by His brilliance. Daily I am inspired by His words in John 14:12: "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father."

For long I have wished that you would spin your spinning wheel of words with threads from C.S. Lewis: A wish come true!

Appreciatively, Stessily


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Thanks James - I'd missed your Everlasting Man hub. I'll correct that omission now. Have you read Chesterton's biography of Francis of Assisi? A magnificent work.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee— Thank you, my friend in Latvia, for sharing this article with your circle of influence. This makes me very happy. I am grateful to you for the "Voted up and interesting!" I am glad you enjoyed this piece. I appreciate your warm words.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

midget38— You are quite welcome! Thank you very much for sharing this article with your friends. I appreciate your kind comments as well.

The Screwtape Letters are fabulous, as you noted. And yes, C. S. Lewis "showed us the subtleness of evil."


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

lindalou1963— The Chronicles of Narnia are pretty great, alright. Thank you for reading my Hub. I appreciate your comments.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

graceomalley— I am so glad to "see" you here. Thank you for taking the time to come over and read my Hub about C. S. Lewis. I appreciate your gracious compliments, too.

'The Great Divorce' is a wonderful book, to be sure.

You get to writing and I will come over and read what you write. :-)

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

kashmir56— Hello there! Good to hear from you again, my friend. Thank you very much for the accolades, the voted up, and especially for sharing this article with your acquaintances. I love that! :D


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

rfmoran— A great man indeed!

Thank you for the kind compliments on my Hub. I appreciate your encouragement. And you are most welcome. :)

James


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

What an amazing article about an awesome writer and man. And your commentary on his Christian views - great job! It's crazy, I grew up knowing The Chronicles of Narnia, but didn't realize the Christian background of Lewis or the underlying theme in the stories until I was an adult. I just knew they were really cool stories. Then, as an adult, I saw the first movie and literally sobbed. It smacked me straight in the face - the sacrifice made for us. Well done! Voted up and sharing.


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

"But by it, I see everything." You are consummate, and anything under your palm is revealed fully,and when I read anything by you,I know all roads have been taken, and crisscrossed, and gone down.

You are an immense gift to the Hub society, as I'll suppose, and not too wrongly, that you are the best writer here.

Iwrote a little bit about how I was freezing, with bad wood in the yard, and how friends, estranged, for seven years, had shown up with seasoned wood. I'm sitting in a toasty cabin. I mean, they showed up out of NOWHERE, and dropped that wood in my lap. Now, that's God, and that is what I connect with, with anything you write.

And I could never forget your kindness in my new Hub beginnings, nor any time after, and if your not married, you should pick me. Love yaz, lily


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Amen James, the Holy Spirit indeed!!!

What an amazing comment to a comment dear one. My son, who is an avid reader, is the one who reminded me of the "Great Divorce."

God bless. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

I learned several new things in the reading of this wonderfully crafted Hub...what C. S. stands for; that JFK wasn't the only great man who passed on 11/22/63; and the concept of God's Eternal Now.

If I understand what C. S. meant by the Eternal Now, a reading of the Genesis account of the Creation makes absolutely perfect sense, and a literal acceptance of the seven days' creation and scientists' "evidence" that it took eons blend well together.

Whether I have it down or not, the main thing is that your article provoked a lot of thought and inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing it.


Janhorner 4 years ago

Your hub is very interesting and informative. I have to be honest and say I have never heard of the gentleman in question before reading this hub, and religion(s) are not a subject I delve into deeply. However, I was very absorbed in your article.

I was brought up a Christian and do believe strongly about what is right and what is wrong and how you behave in your lifetime.

Voted up,

Jan


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

mours sshields— Hey! It is good to hear from you again, Marcia!

Thank you for reading my work and for your gracious compliments. I am glad you found my article to be interesting. And you are quite welcome, too. :-)

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Michele Travis— You are most welcome, my friend. You are right on the money that "None of us are perfect." The books you named are superb, that's for sure.

As you say, "C.S. Lewis was a great writer." And you hit on a wonderful point with this: "God forgives us, if we truly ask for forgiveness."

Indeed He does.

Amen!

Thank you for coming. I appreciate your blessings and excellent comments.

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

tirelesstraveler— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

James A Watkins there is a lot to take in on this read that really opened my eyes. I believe God is within us all and we are a soul with a body that we shed when our time is up and our spirit soars back to God. He will accept all as God forgives all knowing full well we are human. I learned a lot more here thanks for a brilliant write on a touchy subject.


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sheila b. 4 years ago

Before I began reading your hub, I knew the name C. S. Lewis but couldn't remember any of his work. Well, I kind of travel in different circles, so I haven't read his books, yet I thoroughly enjoyed reading what you wrote about him and Christianity. I particularly liked one of the illustrations - a quote with the line 'you are a soul'.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

teaches12345— Thank you so much for your awesome accolades and blessings. I appreciate your affirmation and encouragement. I thought the first movie was great but the second one left me disappointed because of how they changed the characters from the book. He is one of my favorite authors too. I am well pleased to meet a kindred spirit on that accord. God Bless You!


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

I must admit, the name was extremely familiar, but his works were not. You have undertaken a tremendous task with this article and done remarkably well with it. My knowledge of the man and his contributions are much greater at this time. Great Job!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Jen Card— You are quite welcome. I am so glad you enjoyed this Hub. I have an audio CD of C. S. Lewis' "The Four Loves" that he narrates himself and it is marvelous!

I find your comments heartrending and yet also deep, insightful, and gracious. I do agree with your perception of Christ. I do not possess deep knowledge of Native American religious ways but I am part Cherokee.

I would read the book you have by Lewis when you find the time. It is quite profound, I am sure. If you have a Bible around, you might read the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans. I have long heard that if one were to simply read those two books, they would understand the Gospel message.

Thank you very much for reading my articles. I appreciate your comments and kind compliments.

God Bless You!

James :-)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

lambservant— I have not read either of those biographies you mentioned. I'll bet they are quite interesting. I have seen a couple movies (Shadowlands for one) and a couple documentaries about Lewis that were very good.

I did not even know about "his absolute commitment to the promise he made to his army friend, Ernest Moore, to take care of his mother should he be killed in the line of duty. The woman was a manipulative, nagging shrew and used and abused him horribly."

Thank you for enlightening me about that. A great show of character, as you well noted. I also was completely unaware that Warnie was a "raging alcoholic." You certainly know your Lewis! :)

I love Lewis and his writings. Of course, the Devil will try to tear down his memory. That is to be expected from the Evil One. As you put it so succinctly, "the man himself is even more impressive."

"The Screwball Letters!' Funny! Yes, The Lord used C. S. to touch millions of hearts. I appreciate this visit and your most excellent commentary. And you are quite welcome indeed.

God Bless You!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

stessily— I have not read any of Parrster's work lately. I will have to do that ASAP. I'll make a note of it. I did not know he wrote about C. S. Lewis either. Thank you for telling me about that.

You are truly blessed to have had a father with such a precious library.

I am glad you appreciated my efforts at the "demystification of distractions" of this "seemingly mysterious world." :)

I am grateful to you for taking the time to read my article and even more for the awesome accolades. I look forward to your Hubs on Lewis, which I am sure will be fabulous. Thanks for recognizing the pictures I selected, too.

I could not agree more with your words: "Jesus of Nazareth: I am amazed by His brilliance."

Amen!!

God Bless You!!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Paraglider— You are welcome. Thank you! I have not read Chesterton's biography of Francis of Assisi. I appreciate that tip. I will have to get a copy of it soon.


stessily 4 years ago

James, In a quick visit to parrster's writing desk, I did not locate "The Problem of Suffering", which I'm recalling as his discussion of C.S. Lewis' "The Problem of Pain". He's taken a hiatus from writing for a while, and he's apparently consolidated some of his hubs, mainly his fiction. Perhaps he unpublished it, which is a loss; I revisited it a number of times, just not recently.

But perhaps it's there, and I'm deterred from locating it by the jitteriness of cyberspace, thanks to Hurricane Sandy's far reaching effects inland to my rural outpost. My computer has been completely wacky today, with a gazillion conniptions as it decides where I should scroll! Settling according to my intentions and purposes is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.

I hope that you are able to locate his C.S. Lewis hub; it was eloquent and thought-filled, as is yours. I'll be rereading your words again.

Appreciatively, Stessily


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

LABrashear— Thank you very much for coming over to read my article about C. S. Lewis. As you say, he was an amazing writer and man. I sincerely appreciate the awesome accolades and the voted up. And I am eternally grateful to you for sharing this article with your friends. What higher praise could there be? :D

I appreciate the visit and your comments.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

lilyfly— Thank you for sharing your story about how your friends "showed up out of NOWHERE, and dropped that wood in my lap" so that, even though you were freezing, now you are "sitting in a toasty cabin." :-)

That IS God! Amen!

HubPages has been an immense gift for me. This I know. Your warm words have really made me happy today. Thank you for such lovely laudations and the love itself.

I have to think that if this article is that good, I must have had a divine hand to assist me. I only wrote what I was told.

I appreciate you, Lily. Thank you for the affirmation and encouragement, my friend. God Bless You!

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Faith Reaper— Amen!

I appreciate the love and the blessings. Thank you for coming back with such encouraging words. God Bless!

James :)


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

What an excellent hub it is James Watkins. Marvelously done. Truly indeed C. S. Lewis is one christian who has glorified God in his lifetime. I always admire C. S. Lewis for possessing a brilliant mind. Thank you for sharing his beautiful biography. I am greatly blessed by this hub. Blessings to you always and to your family. Best regards.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

hawaiianodysseus— I am well pleased to have been of some service to you. Thank you for the wonderful compliments.

I must confess that I do not know how long it took to make the earth exactly, nor do I know how long it has been here. I am comforted by the fact that no matter what anyone else says, including the greatest scientific minds, nobody else does either. :D

I appreciate your thoughtful comments. And you are most welcome.

James

ps By the way, I loved reading your profile page. I will be checking out your latest Hubs soon.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Janhorner— I am so glad that you enjoyed my article, Jan. I am grateful for the 'Voted up.' Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

Your comments are most excellent indeed. I appreciate the visitation.

James


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

suzzycue— You are quite welcome, my dear. I surely appreciate the awesome accolades and I am glad to be of some service. I pray that the eyes of your heart are open. Thank you ever much for taking the time to read my article.

One thing struck me that you wrote: "He will accept all as God forgives all knowing full well we are human. "

By this, do you mean that Adolf Hitler, John Wayne Gacy, and Emperor Nero will greet us in heaven?

Very truly yours,

james


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

sheila b.— Thank you for visiting and for your fine remarks. I am well pleased that you expressed enjoyment at reading this Hub. That makes me happy, to see that my efforts are recognized and appreciated. I guess we all want that. :-)

Anyway, it is always good to "see" you.


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rcrumple— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Hello James and Blessings!! What a true statement: "The hope of heaven resides in every human heart." May we all know the truth and be set free!!! Great Hub!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

stessily— Thank you for coming back by with that additional information. I have made myself a note to look for his article, which I shall do shortly.

Rural outpost? I thought you were a city slicker?

I just read your profile page again and I must say it is great reading. How accomplished you are! I am proud to know you.

James :-)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

cristina327— Thank you for reading my Hub and for your awesome accolades, my dear. It is great to hear from you again! I hope everyhting is OK for you and yours over there where you live.

I join you in admiring C. S. Lewis for using his brilliant mind to glorify God.

I appreciate your blessings. And you are most welcome.

God Bless You!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

drpastorcarlotta— Hello there! What a joy it is to hear from you again, Doctor Pastor. I hope all is well for you and your flock. Thank you for the visit. I appreciate your comliments and blessings.

God Bless You!


stessily 4 years ago

James, Yes, you're correct: I've been a city slicker for most of my life, although I've always cherished my parents' childhood memories of land as far as the eyes can see in Florida, the Midwest, and elsewhere.

This rural outpost is "Funny Farm" with a southern, still-fighting-that-long-ago-war twist. I don't miss traffic lights, but there are now 2 in an 8 mile stretch between my home and the Interstate, and the bottleneck is unbelievable. I have a hankering for moseying on down many, many miles of road to return to city life.

Thank you for your kind compliments. It is an honor, a privilege, and an aesthetic pleasure to visit your HubPages writing desk, which is organized with commitment, discernment, and also enjoyment. You have many accomplishments, including those of the eternal variety, which are the ones with the greatest, incorruptible value.

Appreciatively, Stessily


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

stessily— You are quite welcome, my dear. I, too, have lived much of my life in Florida and Michigan. And I love that movie, "Funny Farm."

I do know what it is like to have a hankering to mosey. Especially beyond the holler! :-)

I sure am delighted with your superb insights and kindly comments. You have warmed the cockles of my heart with your words and made my day. Thank you and God Bless You.

James


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RichieMogwai 4 years ago from Vancouver

Thanks for your hub, as always, this is one definitive work on the man. I love to read about Christian writers and icons. I'm so glad you have this. I have so much to learn in my Christian journey.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

RichieMogwai— You are quite welcome, my friend. Your kind comments have made my day, Richie. Thank you ever much for this encouraging note. I will come by soon to read some of your Hubs. :)

JAMES


oceansider 4 years ago

I really enjoyed your article about C. S. Lewis James, because he is one of my very favorite writers.....and I have read and loved "Mere Christianity"....I would say that everyone should read this....and I guess that is because it really helped me and affected me in such a positive way.

Reading some of Mr. Lewis' quotes was interesting as well....thank you for writing this....it was so well done!...Voting up & sharing.

God bless you, Helen


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

oceansider— Helen! I am so glad to see you here. Thank you very much for reading my article and leaving me such a nice note. You have warmed the cockles of my heart. :-)

Like you, I love the writings by C. S. Lewis. I am glad you enjoyed my Hub about him. "Mere Christianity" may well be his best book—it is certainly his most popular over time. I do not think any person could help but be affected by that particular book. Seriously. I agree with you that my wish is that everybody would give that book a chance.

I am grateful to you for sharing this article with your friends. That humbles my heart and yet fills me with gratitude. I sincerely appreciate the Voted Up, too. God Bless You, Helen!

James


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Diane Woodson 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

no better writer on Christina values and teaching of Bible th him...a wonderful Hub thank you for writing this ...


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Diane Woodson— You are quite welcome. Thank you!! Thank you very much! :-)

Welcome to the HubPages Community.

James


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Kaie Arwen 4 years ago

MSL- Thank you for this! I was introduced to Lewis as a child and followed through into adulthood.............. he....... and later Tolkien have remained my favorites since I was old enough to open a book. If there really were time travel, an afternoon with the Inklings would be a part of our journey.

Is God ever surprised? Uh, no. He knows where we're heading and he knows where we'll end up......... that's a fact you well know! :-D LYAAF


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Diane Woodson 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

The beauty of this is that God loves each of us individually he is so immeasurable that our finite minds cannot comprehend his vastness his omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience and well, I fall short each day, I pray that those who need this Hub the very most who may have gone from God, or never been taught about Him, will read it find a nugget of the truth of the true God, and turn from their ways.Some are away or never knowing him because of being taught false teaching or satanism or some other terrible fallacy.

I pray that those will find God and find their friends who may believe in him and stay with the true friends not false ones. Your Hub will permit this to be a reality for many people....I wish you would write a book about this Hub if you haven't already. May God always keep his Angels around you and his presence within your heart as it most certainly is now.


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Yes I do mean all those people will be there. I believe that if they ask forgiveness God will accept them all. We are God's spirit with a body and when we shed our bodies at our physical deaths our spirit soars back to God. Yes I mean the bad people go to heaven too.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Kaie Arwen— You are quite welcome, my dear. YAES!!

Wouldn't it be great to have afternoon tea with the Inklings? Wow. What an experience that would be.

Thank you for answering so definitively a question that has bean (sic) on my mind a long time: "Is God ever surprised?" You say no. I do not disagree but I am not convinced.

I am so happy to receive you on my HubPages and see you're always lovely remarks. :-)

IWALYACYMJ

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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

Diane Woodson— I gotta ask: Is that Jackson Browne in your avatar?

I love your comments. You have a discerning mind that truly sees the Truth of the universe. God Bless You.

I join you wholeheartedly in that prayer, especially for those who have "gone from God, or never been taught about Him."

Amen.

I haven't written a book about this Hub but the books written by C. S. Lewis stand on their own as a testimony to his great faith and teaching power.

I so appreciate your prayers for me. I can tell from your warm words that you are a precious person in the sight of our Lord.

Thank you for reading my article. I feel blessed by your presence here.

Faithfully Yours,

James :-)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

suzzycue— Well, you have some interesting ideas my dear. I suppose we will have to wait and see what happens. I believe in annihilationism myself, though that puts me in a minority view among my fellow Christians. Something I picked up from my days with the SDA. :-)

Thank you for the clarification!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

After reading over 10,000 books in my lifetime I was surprised to find I'd never read anything by Lewis. Not even the Narnia chronicles, believe it or not. Ever since you mentioned him in your comments I've been meaning to check out this work. He seems a fascinating person and this hub does a good job of describing his apparent talents.

Perhaps I'll start with the Space Trilogy as it sounds interesting and I am definitely a Sci-fi fan.

Thanks for the heads up on this author, James. I've always heard of him but never had reason to check out his work.

Randy


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Great hub about a great man of God who has left us and future generations a wad of great books concerning Christianity to explore. I have read a couple of his books and always meant to read more -this hub gives me the incentive to do so. Thanks James.


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

Randy Godwin--- If you've not read anything by Lewis you are missing a treat, my friend. He has a ton of great stuff. I appreciate you at least coming by to check out my article about him here.

CS Lewis is a fascinating person, alright, and extraordinarily talented. He is extremely creative, imaginative, and eloquent.

Thank you Randy for visiting and commenting. I hope you give Lewis a try. It is always good to hear from you. And you are welcome.

james


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

shofarcall--- You are most welcome, my new friend. Thank you ever much for taking the time to read this article. The books by CS Lewis are awesome. Happy reading! :D

I appreciate the visit and your gracious compliments. God Bless You!

James


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Coolmon2009 3 years ago from Texas, USA

Nice hub on C.S. Lewis. I enjoyed reading your article.


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James A Watkins 3 years ago from Chicago Author

Coolmon2009--- Thank you! Thank you very much. :-)


Beth37 3 years ago

Holy cow, you get a lot of traffic... I wonder why your score is so low.

I am a huge fan of Lewis. Thanks for this hub. I tried to publish mine here but there are too many quotes for HPs taste.

http://must-have-hope.blogspot.com/2012/10/quoting...


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Rik Ravado 3 years ago from England

This an excellent Hub - well done!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Good Morning James - My apologies for taking so long to find and read this marvelous essay on C.S. Lewis. For over thirty years he has been my favorite and most trusted author -- so thoughtful, so reasonable, such an excellent and yet accessible writer.

I have copies of everything he wrote except his most academic literary works and I have bought and given away over forty copies of his various books to family and friends over the years. (As an aside, what did you think about the movie they made about him and Joy Davidman -- I think it was called Shadowland.)

What a marvelous teacher and human being he was and what a great blessing you are to all of us in writing about him and his work in so detailed, understanding, and comprehensive a fashion. Simply wonderful. There is no one on HP who could have done a better job!

I will come back to this hub James time and time again -- when I need a dose of Lewis, but don't have time to sit down with one of his books. Thank you so much. I hope things are well with you. Blessings. Theresa


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Another interesting and illuminating article. I have read C.S. Lewis, but I never knew of his intellectual thoughts on Christianity. This is fascinating and you have related it to the world today and given some great examples of his thinking in this area. I am Christian, but if someone is an atheist and wants to be an atheist that is all right with me. To each his own, but I agree, it is hard for me to think of a world in which I did not believe in God. One of my former students (actually the daughter of the principal I worked for) was brought up an atheist. I did not know this until she one day asked me if I believed in God. I told her yes and that I was a Christian and I asked what she was. She said 'nothing.' I asked her to expand on that and she said in her family they were not brought up to believe or think of God. I was astounded, as the family seemed so American and Christian to me. She said she wanted to know what it was like to grow up believing in a God. I said I wanted to know what it was like to grow up not believing in one. I was saddened to know the children in this family were growing alone without a belief in God. It was and is hard for me to grasp, but some families are like that I guess. She thought I was fortunate to believe in God and I told her she could too, if she wanted to, she did not have to be non-believer if she didn't want to be. But, she declined at the time. I told her to think about it and that she could always change her mind and become a Christian or whatever type of believer in God she wanted to. She smiled, sort of sadly, and said she would think about it. That was the end of our conversation and I never knew if she did change her mind or not. I wish I was still in touch with her and she could read this article. Again, you really give us a lot to think about in this article.


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moronkee 3 years ago

Your hub is interesting, useful and awesome. I love reading any book that glorifies GOD. I must get a copy of his book.

Thanks for writing.


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Kenja 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

There is much here to consider, as Lewis had a fine intellect and you, James, are earnest in your own beliefs. But there is no debating, per se.

We have our beliefs, and we tend to shore them up, rationalize them, or return to them in times of doubt or loss. I am not a Christian, but I do admire them; surely in those rare times when one actually encounters a real Christian. I'm not talking about those who merely think that Jesus is the ticket to forgiveness and heaven, but about those who operate from a place of love and inclusion, and are forgiving themselves. People such as Martin Luther King Jr., Francis of Assisi, or the current Pope, Francis.

It is with those rare individuals -- those more concerned about the whole of humanity and human decency than they are their own personal salvation -- that I find the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth still alive.

Of course, being a Deist (like our founding fathers Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and to a large extent, George Washington, not to mention most Jews), my own concern is leading a life of helpfulness and kindness -- encountering God in earthly deeds and acts of charity -- rather than a focus on the "magic longshot" (usually called heaven or everlasting life, as in what things will be like after one takes one's last breath).

But there is no debate here; my purpose is not to denigrate another's faith, or set of beliefs. Besides, good luck telling a Muslim that Mohammed is not the one true Prophet, or a Jew that, well, "the Chosen People" is only a metaphor, or a Christian that belief in the virgin birth and the whole body resurrection is not the one and only way to salvation. One doesn't get too far here, right?

So as a non-Christian in a nation that is over 85% self-identified as Christian, I have many thoughts, but two overriding observations: the first is that a religion based on grace, forgiveness and a God of Love is often a potent force for good. There is often a great Light there.

The other observation is that when some (too many actually) say that righteous, kind, and even exceptional Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and humanists, may be "nice people," but they are misguided, mistaken, and surely not invited into Heaven, then I say one should consider that one might not fully understand the teachings of a courageous, transformational Rabbi from 2 millenia back who was so kind, inclusive and forgiving that his closest companion was a prostitute, and whose greatest teachings were on a Divine Force, or Father, that loved everyone, and that does mean everyone -- the Jews who birthed him, the Romans who killed him, the doubters he embraced, and even the pagans he encountered along the way.

He did not find them "misguided"; he found them pained, and so he healed them, loved them, and took them into his circle. Like I said, to be a true Christian is rare, and heroic.


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steffsings 3 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Thank you James for this very informative and well written article. Although I am not a huge fan of C.W. Lewis' fantasy work, I do appreciate his descriptions of salvation and the kingdom of God. Also, you clearly portrayed his profound love for others and depth of empathy for hurting people; rather than describing him solely as some stuffy academic/theologian. This was a refreshing and engaging article! For some reason this quote really struck me... "He knows all about it. He knows what a wretched machine you are trying to drive. Keep on. Do what you can." Thanks again. Steff.


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FSlovenec 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA

This is a very deep and precise work. Thank you for the work on C.S. Lewis...I began to read and was captured by the style and the content ...


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CelebrateUSA 23 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

Hi James,

Just shared this out on Google+ and one of my Twitter accounts. Always enjoy your posts. I posted that I consider you more than an associate - a friend. Hope you concur. Great post! Voted up and shared!


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Hannah David Cini 21 months ago from Nottingham

A brilliant and very in depth article. I love C S Lewis but have not, as yet, read 'mere Christianity', I really should. Great hub.


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mk-globetrotter 17 months ago

James, great hub! C.S Lewis is one of the greatest authors. His Narnia series is particularly interesting! May he rest in Peace.

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