(1898 – 1963)
C.S. Lewis held the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University, England. He was an atheist or agnostic until 1929. He was a friend of J.R.R. Tolkien and wrote an introduction for one of J.B. Philips’ books. Lewis was one of the finest Christian apologists of our century. His focus was on the core of Christian belief, and he avoided sectarian disputes. A topic that figured prominently in his writing and conversation was the immortality of man. Much of his writing explores this fundamental belief and its consequent corollaries. He believed that Christianity had to be taken seriously; at the same time, he was known by his friends to have a great sense of humor and fun.
Some of his best books are:
The Screwtape Letters * The Chronicles of Narnia * The Great Divorce * The Four Loves * The Business of Heaven * Surprised by Joy * Mere Christianity
I also recommend biographies by Walter Hooper and/or Roger Lancelyn Green. I have especially enjoyed reading the prefaces Walter Hooper writes in some editions. He lived with Lewis shortly before his death and assisted with arranging his works afterward. Hooper wrote:
“Lewis struck me as the most throughly converted man I ever met. Christianity was never for him a separate department of life…”
- Update: This page is getting so many readers that I have added some additional links. If you don’t find what you want, please write me and I’ll try to help. I’ll also take suggestions for additional links. It would be impossible to say how much the writing of C. S. Lewis has helped me. Of course, he would say the Gospels have helped more, and that is certainly true.
If you are in search of Lewis’ writings on a particular topic, write and I’ll try to point you to a particular book. I hope to start posting some of the questions I’ve been getting in a sort of FAQ.
A brother recommends “Jack: C.S. Lewis and His Times” by George Sayer. I haven’t read it yet, but plan to do so. C.S. Lewis sites, book lists and the newsgroup:
If you enjoy the writing of C. S. Lewis, you might like to read a few of the essays on this site (or you can use the random essay link below). They are not the same style and subject matter, but are very much influenced by his writings. There is a list of very good books on this site, too.