C.S. Lewis, Teacher of the Faith

If I find in myself a desire that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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22 November is the anniversary of Clive Staples Lewis’ death, and his “unofficial” Saint day.  This blog is normally dedicated to the reflection and meditation on the Scriptural excerpts that make up the ACNA Lectionary for Sundays – however, since the works of Lewis have been highly influential on my life and development as a Christian, I felt that it was both necessary and appropriate to briefly reflect on one of my favorite forebears in the Faith.

Lewis is the one modern-day Christian author with whom I have found a particular fascination, with his practical approach to theology presenting the Gospel in a fashion that is accessible to any and all comers, and especially to the intellectually minded.  I firmly believe that Mere Christianity is a must read (after the Bible, of course) for every Christian of an intellectual stripe.  Where many pastors and ministers might shy away from “tough” questions, or rely on pat answers, Lewis thinks through these potential stumbling blocks in an engaging manner that highlights that logic is just one tool which God gives humanity to know him in studying the nature of His creation.  The work that I feel most exemplifies this is Miracles.  His works of fiction, especially the Chronicles of Narnia, are among the best Christian allegorical fiction in the modern era.

On this 54th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ Heavenly birthday, I ask you to join me in thanking God for giving us writers and orators like Lewis.

Almighty God, you gave to your servant C.S. Lewis special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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