C.S Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. He studied at Oxford from 1919 to 1924 and received an honours degree in Classics, Ancient History and English literature. He went on to become a philosophy tutor at the same college, for 29 years.
What caused this scholar, philosopher and sceptic to change his focus and views on Christianity?
C. S. Lewis began his career as a decided non-believer.
He began to doubt the full capacity of the intellect to totally explain the questions of life.
This shift started at the death of his boyhood tutor.
This experience caused Lewis a feeling of uncertainty.
He began to realize that there were questions in life that reason and intelligence, in themselves, do not cause.
His friends and mentors were also part of his conversion process.
One night, he took a long walk and enjoyed an involved conversation with J.R.R Tolkien, a Christian and author of the Lord of the Rings series, as well as Hugh Dyson, another Christian and Professor of Reading at Oxford University.
Their words answered his lingering doubts and questions.
As Lewis described it: in Surprised by Joy, "When we set out to Warnade Zoo, I did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did."
C. S. Lewis was converted by the evidence that Jesus Christ was the Saviour and became known as “ The Apostle to the Sceptics.”
He devoted the rest of his writing life to works based on his Christian faith.
He wrote a number of books and articles that explain Christianity and why faith and reason are compatible.
The Chronicles of Narnia mirror the process.
We have a group of curious children entering a secret door to a new land.
The children are assisted and mentored by Aslan the Lion.
Edmund is the epitome of the reluctant convert, when he is tempted by magic and the wiles of the White Witch.
These can be the supernatural forces that push a person to conversion.
Edmund betrays the others to the White Witch and can only be saved by Aslan’s sacrifice at the stone table.
This is very painful for Edmund and drives him into belief. Then the blessings follow when Aslan is restored to them.
C. S. Lewis displays both his genius and faith when he wrote this remarkable series that serves both as a wonderful story and a reaffirming of Christian faith.
He has served, even after his death, as a mentor and role model to reluctant converts who are drawn into the charm of Narnia, and then discover that the Christian author was once a non-believer.
It is a wonderful legacy and testament to belief in Christ as Saviour.