By David G. Clark
During this attractive e-book David Clark courses the reader throughout the theology of CS Lewis and illuminates the use and figuring out of scripture within the works of this well known author.
- Examines his lifestyles, paintings, international view, and the consequences of his theology when it comes to his different writings
- Looks at Lewis’ ideals at the themes of redemption, humanity, non secular development, purgatory, and resurrection
- Examines the several views on Lewis and his paintings: as prophet, evangelist, and as a religious mentor
- Explores the variety and effect of Lewis’ paintings, from the bestselling apologetic, Mere Christianity, to the world-famous Chronicles of Narnia
- Features specially-commissioned art throughout
- Written in an available variety for common readers, scholars, and students, and may introduce Lewis’ theology to a much broader audience.
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When he did kneel that night in his rooms at Oxford, he described himself as ‘‘the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England . . darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape’’ (SBJ: 228–9). Did 22 From Atheist to Apologist God bring Lewis to himself against his own will? If so, do we really have wills of our own; can we make genuine choices? And why doesn’t God give others the same treatment so that they also can find salvation? Perhaps the answer lies in Lewis’s own autobiography.
But what persuaded Lewis to leave the atheism of his late teens and twenties? The Path to Faith Lewis’s journey to faith has been thoroughly examined by several biographers (I especially recommend Downing’s book The Most Reluctant Convert), so a summary here will suffice. , and then deciding it’s not quite what he needs. This, figuratively speaking, is what Lewis was doing with the philosophies of his time. To his credit, he really wanted to know the meaning of life. He was searching in all the wrong places, but he was searching, and each wrong ‘‘article’’ at least showed him where the answers wouldn’t be found.
Taken together, the correspondence, articles, and books Lewis wrote about Christianity fall (roughly speaking) into three related categories: speaking prophetically to his world, reaching out to non-believers (evangelism), and living the faith while helping others do the same. These categories overlap to some extent, and the contents of any given article or book may fall into more than one category, but these distinctions will prove useful for the discussion of Lewis’s theology in the chapters that follow.
C.S. Lewis: A Guide to His Theology (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by David G. Clark