Aslan Knows Best

ELL, at any rate, we now have less chance of dying of cancer,” quipped C. S. Lewis in response to learning of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, knowing that his own country was on the brink of joining the war. As a World War I veteran, he knew the ugliness of combat. And for a man seldom without a pipe or cigarette, he also understood the risks of cancer.

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C.S. Lewis: Surprised by Chesterton

GNORANCE is the first penalty of pride.” So wrote H.G. Wells in his 1920 work The Outline of Human History. Wells argued that Christianity had collapsed “like a house of cards” in light of evolutionary theory.

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Stephen Colbert, Tolkien, & the Pope

My context for my existence,” said well-known comedian Stephen Colbert, “is that I am here to know God, love God, serve God, that we might be happy with each other in this world and with Him in the next.” Colbert, who took over David Letterman’s post on the Late Show starting in 2015, is a devout Catholic. In an interview with Huffington Post, he talked about his faith and his desire to meet Pope Francis.

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Evolutionary Hymn by C.S. Lewis

Lead us, Evolution, lead us
Up the future’s endless stair;
Chop us, change us, prod us, weed us.
For stagnation is despair:
Groping, guessing, yet progressing,
Lead us nobody knows where.

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The Dream That Opened C.S. Lewis’s Other Eye

The man who has provided an intellectual framework for faith for so many says he only saw the world with one eye open—even as a Christian—until a dream awakened a fuller vision of reality. In his essay “Two Lectures,” C.S. Lewis describes an academic talk he attended on natural progression via the evolutionary model. Lewis had a dream later that night that opened his eyes to a fatal flaw, an intellectual trick, an unnoticed, but significant, defect of the lecturer’s theory.

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Tolkien on the Art of Redemption, the Beauty of Reality, & Joy

The famous author of The Lord of the Rings believed that the power of art was to explain reality, the power of story to touch on deep truths about the universe, human history, and the future of all things. In his essay “On Fairy-Stories, ” J.R.R. Tolkien explains that a fairy story can give us a “sudden glimpse of the underlying reality or truth.”

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Chesterton & Three Anti-Christian Arguments

For when I look at the various anti-Christian truths, I simply discover that none of them are true,” G.K. Chesterton wrote in his common-grace, common-sense classic Orthodoxy. Chesterton goes on to describe three arguments often held by agnostics regarding the Christian faith. Here’s an excerpt:

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C.S. Lewis on Billy Graham

What would C.S. Lewis think of Billy Graham? That’s a question that can be answered in C.S. Lewis’s own words. They two met in 1955 and visited for over an hour. Lewis told Graham, “You know, you have many critics, but I have never met one of your critics who knows you personally.”

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Don’t Put a Room Where C.S. Lewis Put a Hallway

Not long ago I saw someone question a well-known evangelical organization for posting something about C.S. Lewis’s classic work Mere Christianity. The person asked why a website known for a very specific theological framework (Reformed Theology) would use Lewis’s appeal for a “mere” kind of Christianity.

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