C.S. Lewis is a prominent Christian theologian. People may know him as the writer of the great series The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis grew up in Belfast Ireland, and at the age of seventeen told his friend, “I believe in no religion. There is absolutely no proof for any of them, and from a philosophical standpoint Christianity is not even the best.” C.S . Lewis was at this point in his life considered Atheist. He believed in the words of Lucretius, “Had God designed the world, it would not be a world so frail and faulty as we see”.
In 1929 he decided to accept the idea of a God being real, but it wasn’t until 1931 that he decided to surrender his life to Christ. Cg Neville Coghill, author of The Canterbury Tales, and J.R.R Tolkien author of The Lord of The Rings had a great influence on Lewis’ decision. As two knowledgeable Oxford students Lewis trusted their views when it came to their late night discussions regarding the belief in God and Christianity.
In Surprised by Joy, Lewis explains the moment he came to the conclusion that God did exist;
“You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England…. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance to escape.”
Lewis went on to write twenty-five impactful novels, still read by non-Christians and Christians today. People are continuously being influenced by the words of C.S. Lewis.
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
“If you do not take the distinction between good and bad very seriously, then it is easy to say that anything you find in this world is a part of God. But, of course, if you think some things really bad, and God really good, then you cannot talk like that. You must believe that God is separate from the world and that some of the things we see in it are contrary to His will.”
“Most of us are not really approaching the subject [scriptures] in order to find out what Christianity says: we are approaching it [them] in the hope of finding support from Christianity for the views of our own party.”