Prince Caspian comes out this week (May 16th), but do you know much about the author of the Chronicles of Narnia series? CS Lewis, one of the greatest Christian thinkers of our time, is the man who created these masterpieces. The atheist turned conservative Christian, writes from the point of view of skepticism and has been called the “Apostle to the Skeptics” by many. It’s from a strong faith and Christian world view that he wrote the Chronicles books.
Although, I have never read the chronicles books myself, I personally love Lewis’ apologetic book, “Mere Christianity“. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read on who Jesus is and the implications of the Gospel message. One of Lewis’ most famous quotes from the book about the Lord Jesus has been quoted in one form or another by many different apologists and is one of the most famous defenses of what Jesus said of himself in reference to being the Son of God. He writes,
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” (Lewis 1952, p. 43)
As people flock to the theatres to see Prince Caspian, my hope is that many of them would become acquainted with the author who has influenced so many peoples lives in the 20th century, including my own, the late great CS Lewis.
PS: In a coming post, I will talk about why I named my second son, Aslan, and what the symbol of Aslan means to me.