Author Profile: C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

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Poster for the 2005 Disney adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, based on the book by C. S. Lewis.

If you’ve read my list of Six Christian Classics it probably won’t surprise you to learn that I’m quite a fan of the work of Clive Staples (‘Jack’) Lewis, who is regarded by many Christians as the pre-eminent apologist of the twentieth century.

This great ‘man of letters’, who taught at both Oxford and Cambridge, was born in Belfast and raised in the (Anglican) Church of Ireland, but a series of events, which included the death of his mother from cancer in 1908, the influence of early twentieth century intellectualism, and his experiences as a Second Lieutenant in the trenches in World War One (beginning on his nineteenth birthday), led him to reject the faith of his childhood. Continue reading “Author Profile: C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)”

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Six Christian Classics

At the very end of John’s gospel, the author adds this postscript:

‘Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.’ – John 21:25, NIV

There may be a certain amount of hyperbole involved in that statement, but a vast number of Christians have spent the last two thousand years endeavouring to remedy the lack. This list is somewhat biased, being based on books which I actually have on my shelves, but it is at least brief. It includes three fictional works, and three non-fiction. Showing still further bias one author, C. S. Lewis, appears twice. Here, then, is my list of six Christian classics, each of which I would heartily recommend.

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Treasure Trove: The Everyman’s Library ‘Stories, Essays and Poems’ by G. K. Chesterton

A month or so ago, I mentioned the late 19th and early 20th century writer (and journalist, and theologian, poet, literary and art critic, essayist, apologist, orator, philosopher…) G. K. Chesterton in a sermon. A few weeks later a gentleman from my church gave me a present: a 1936 collection of his stories, essays and poems, which I’ve been dipping in and out of ever since. Continue reading “Treasure Trove: The Everyman’s Library ‘Stories, Essays and Poems’ by G. K. Chesterton”