Lewis, C. S.

C. S. Lewis' house (The Kilns)
C. S. Lewis' study by Mike Blyth via Flickr

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a British writer and Cambridge professor of medieval studies who underwent a profound conversion to Christianity. His popular books include The Screwtape Letters (1942, where a senior and junior devil correspond on the topic of how to destroy souls), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950, which has becomes a beloved family classic), and Surprised by Joy (1955, where he advocates a kind of Christianity inclusive of personality traits).

In Surprised by Joy Lewis says the Christian still enjoys sports and, speaking for himself, other pursuits like the study of Greek mythology. This view of Christianity radically differs from other paths, Christian and non-Christian, that try to eclipse, deny or eradicate worldly desires.

In The Four Loves (1960) he makes useful preliminary distinctions among affection, friendship, romance and selfless love. Lewis also delved into science fiction with Out of the Silent Planet (1938). And he offered a Christian response to the realities of suffering in The Problem of Pain (1940).

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