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When Rowan Williams sits down to read his favorite books, he sometimes reaches for children's literature.

And the former Archbishop of Canterbury often chooses The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis's best-known work. "Narnia is something ...

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David Krause

November 06, 2013  1:41pm

And yet once again, CSL is celebrated for his conversion from atheism to evangelical Christianity but refused any right to alter his perspective afterward, regardless of what he actually says and when he says it. Simply as a mental exercise, CSL sycophants should first read "A Grief Observed" without any notes, and then reflect on his decision to concentrate his last intellectual efforts, which he surely knew would be his final legacy to the world, not on a great paean to his Christian faith, but on his (posthumously published) "The Discarded Image," by any standard one of the finest things he ever wrote but which has nothing to do with Christian faith or apologetics.

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Marija Krupoves-Berg

November 03, 2013  12:41pm

C. S. Lewis has been immensely popular among Russian intelligentsia since the Soviet times. His texts were circulating in the underground. Lewis was considered an enemy by the Soviets, too. Lewis is the only non-orthodox writer widely accepted among Russian Orthodox Christians. He has been still very popular among the Christians of different confessions in Eastern Europe.

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Steve Skeete

November 02, 2013  7:02pm

I hope those 'fairly aggressively secular' British academics will relax their 'stiff upper lip' long enough to admire, even if not enjoy, the wealth of Lewis' writings. Was there ever a Christian writer with the breadth of Lewis? What is most astonishing about Lewis is that one does not have to agree with either his theology or his philosophy to enjoy his works. What is interesting also is that although he has made a sterling contribution to the field of theology (e.g his 'Reflection on the Psalms') he insists on not being called a theologian, and refused to be labelled as such. However, his worth as an apologist for the Christian faith is indisputable, since his 'Mere Christianity' is perhaps the work that popularized apologetics for the average Western evangelical. One comment in the book about not 'patronizing' Jesus has become almost a classical quote. Lewis has long been regarded by evangelicals as a 'giant'. To British scholars only now giving him his due, better late than never.

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