Friday, November 22, 2013

C.S. Lewis

While all the news outlets are remembering the assassination of John F Kennedy fifty years ago today, we should not forget another great man that died on the same day - C.S. Lewis.* The author is known for his many works, ranging from professional writing about literature, to philosophical defenses for the Christian faith, to his rich fictional worlds. He will probably always be most associated with the magical world of Narnia, where several English children got to know Jesus, as he was incarnated in that world as a lion named Aslan. Here Allen reproduced Peter's shield, bearing the emblem of Aslan. As Lewis described it in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, "The shield was the colour of silver and across it there ramped a red lion, as bright as a ripe strawberry at the moment when you pick it."

*I should also note that Aldous Huxley died on the same day as well. Christian philosopher and Lewis scholar Peter Kreeft wrote a book, Between Heaven and Hell, in which he imagines Kennedy, Lewis and Huxley meeting in a sort of limbo after their deaths and debating their various world views.

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