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C.S. Lewis, From Atheist
To Hot Christian Author

Investors Business Daily, by Scott S. Smith

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Posted By:tisHimself, 9/14/2013 8:53:19 PM

A confirmed atheist when he was 15, C.S. Lewis came around to believing in God when he was 31. "I knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England," he wrote in his autobiography, "Surprised by Joy." Soon he embraced Christianity. A lecturer at English universities, Lewis became a superstar author by explaining his faith and weaving it creatively into novels. Books including "Mere Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters," "That Hideous Strength" and the series "The Chronicles of Narnia" have sold a total of 200 million copies, but he wasn´t always popular.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Melody, 9/14/2013 9:47:08 PM     (No. 9521187)

Thank you for posting the article. It caused me to go back and read some of his quotations which is a pleasure.

He said, ´´You don´t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.´´ That´s putting things in the right perspective.

And, ´´All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.´´


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Reply 2 - Posted by: avikingman, 9/14/2013 9:54:31 PM     (No. 9521196)

A wonderful man. His biography is fascinating.

Twitter: @CSLewisDaily for one.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/14/2013 10:01:46 PM     (No. 9521205)

I recently got a Kindle copy of The Screwtape Letters - recommended by a friend. Haven´t started it yet.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jennie C., 9/14/2013 10:07:22 PM     (No. 9521210)

L-dotters, do you know who brought CS Lewis to Christ?

It was JRR Tolkien.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Jennie C., 9/14/2013 10:08:17 PM     (No. 9521212)

#3, it´s a fascinating read. A little Arminian, but still fascinating.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jar, 9/14/2013 10:29:07 PM     (No. 9521220)

Aldous Huxley also died on the same day as Lewis and JFK.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 9/14/2013 11:32:19 PM     (No. 9521248)

I love C.S. Lewis. Thanks for posting this.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 2timothy1:7, 9/15/2013 12:06:24 AM     (No. 9521260)

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron´s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.C. S. Lewis
English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Doc Obiwan, 9/15/2013 1:33:55 AM     (No. 9521312)

My daughter is becoming recognized as a C. S. Lewis scholar. I won´t bore you with the details but she recently helped a university organize their C.S. Lewis archives. For her birthday just a couple days ago, I gave her the newest C. S. Lewis biography. In November she is going to England for the 50th memorial of his death. She´s been planning the trip for a year. As you might imagine, I´m very proud of her.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Slick Meister, 9/15/2013 1:41:36 AM     (No. 9521314)

“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." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.”

? C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

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Reply 11 - Posted by: thelmalou, 9/15/2013 6:29:00 AM     (No. 9521384)

SUCH a marvelous man. (And Tolkein, too.)


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Reply 12 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 9/15/2013 3:47:45 PM     (No. 9522033)

I wonder what C.S. Lewis would say about today´s Anglican Church?

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