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I have said often that I am a big fan of C.S. Lewis. That’s not exactly a daring thing to say since many people claim that same status. His books, of course, are brilliant, creative, inspiring, humorous, God-centered, and often bewildering as well as challenging. They are what draw so many to learn more about Lewis. The never-ending stream of biographies on Lewis is overwhelming in sheer numbers, but are fascinating and must-reads for those who want to discover more about Lewis.
Several years ago I purchased the three volume set of the letters of Lewis, edited by Walter Hooper. A great review of the third and final volume, by Michael Ward, came out a couple of years ago in Books and Culture. It’s a very positive review and will give you a good idea of what you can expect, should you decide to buy one of these volumes. (Click here to read the review of Volume 3.) (Click here to read Ward’s review of the first two volumes.)
Reading the mail of the great saints has been invogorating to my own faith. Whether it’s the journals of Wesley and Whitefield or the letters of folks such as Lewis, Tolkien, Lloyd-Jones, and Calvin, just to name a few, reading the hearts and minds of these men on paper is inspiring, encouraging, and instructive.
I would encourage you to pick up one of these volumes of Lewis and read one or two of his letters during your devotional time. It will add a little spice to your time with God.
with Douglas Wilson
“…Christians [do] think [Christ] is going to land in force; we do not know when. But we can guess why He is delaying. He wants to give us the chance of joining His side freely. I do not suppose you and I would have thought much of a Frenchman who waited till the Allies were marching into Germany and then announced he was on our side.
God will invade. But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realize what it will be like when He does. When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks on the stage the play is over.
God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else – something it never entered your head to conceive – comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left?
For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you chose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not.
Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us the chance. It will not last forever. We must take it or leave it.” (Mere Christianity, p. 56)
I’m a big fan of C.S. Lewis. I find myself fascinated by virtually everything the man wrote, whether fiction or non-fiction. I’ve also loved the biographies I’ve read about him. What an interesting life.
I wholeheartedly offer the following website link in hopes that you’ll check it out and learn more about Lewis and the great things the C.S. Lewis Foundation is doing.
The following is from their welcome page.
From its very inception until now, the C.S. Lewis Foundation has been devoted to one primary mission: namely that of enabling a genuine renaissance of Christian scholarship and artistic expression within the mainstream of the contemporary university.
Why the university? Because we believe it is the primary force in the shaping of modern culture. In the words of Dr. Charles Malik, philosopher and former President of the U.N. General Assembly, “Change the university and you can change the world!”
There are, of course, many ways in which one might wish to “change the university.” There are, however, two primary changes that the C.S. Lewis Foundation is working to bring about: 1. The attainment of a more genuine open forum for ideas that are grounded in Christian understanding; and 2. The emergence of an identifiable, although certainly not homogeneous, body of Christian scholarly and artistic work that would more truly and powerfully resonate within the curricular life of our colleges and universities.
But changing the university takes time and requires a great deal of patience. C.S. Lewis took note of this fact, observing that it required a full generation: “The schoolmasters of today were the undergraduates of twenty years ago.” He observed that “delayed results” were the norm within the “mental world,” where powerful ideas registered their impact much like intellectual “time bombs,” long after they had been planted (God in the Dock, p. 116). Indeed, most of the twentieth century’s greatest social and intellectual follies are evidence of just that, and with the gravest consequences for the world at large.
We believe God would have us chip away, Hobbit-like, in an effort to cultivate the soil and plant new seed within these strategic environments where spiritual aridity has reigned for more than a century. As you read of the various Foundation projects underway, please do remember us in prayer and give a thought as to how you might get involved. We can’t do this alone. Believe it or not, you can make a difference!
Dr. J. Stanley Mattson
President, C. S. Lewis Foundation
Click here to visit the website and learn more about what these good folks are doing. Lots of exciting things happening.