November 21, 2013

Why I'm Here

Tomorrow, November 22, is the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, but also the 50th anniversary of the death of C S Lewis. Lewis was a storyteller, a poet, an apologist, and a scholar. He was also a Christian who managed to put into words some of what Christianity might mean in a mid-century context. He had his faults, to be sure, his blind spots, as all of us do. But his vision, when he got it right, was "spot on."


It was largely as a result of discovering his work in the mid 60s, along with that of Teilhard de Chardin (and there's an unlikely combo for you!) that I was led back into Christianity from a kind of earnest agnosticism and romantic orientalism. I'm not about to launch into a chorus of Amazing Grace, but boy, I'm glad I found Lewis (the Narnia books and then the "Space Trilogy" before launching into his apologia and polemics). After a fashion, he saved my life... or at the very least helped to make it what it is. To God be the Glory, and thanks for giving the world C S L.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG
icon from earlier this year, tempera on panel

3 comments:

Tim Chesterton said...

Joining you today, Tobias, in giving heartfelt thanks to God for C.S. Lewis - probably my primary Christian influence.

Deacon Charlie Perrin said...

I too owe much to Lewis. Oddly enough I find that most of his writing jibes nicely with my very liberal bent.

Richard Edward Helmer said...

Lewis’ lesser-known book on miracles was a major buttress for my faltering faith as a young adult. Such an illuminating mind!