A Crash Course by One Oxford Scholar on Another

cs_lewis_quote-1“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.”
C.S. Lewis15-April-CS-Lewis-God-Loves-Us
  If you’ve ever wondered why in the world people believe the Bible, then you Lunch With Lewismight enjoy this book: If I Had Lunch with Lewis (as in C.S. Lewis), by Alister love-quotes-cs-lewis-145McGrath. If you’ve ever wished you could believe the Bible but just can’t seem to, cs-lewis-quotes-inspirational-7then you might really enjoy this book. If you’ve ever wished you could justify CSlewisquotesdesireWALLPAPERLDStemple1your faith to others…well, good luck. We’ll never be able to justify our faith, Aslan-cs-lewis-1434798-800-600although we can be justified by our faith! Still, If I Had Lunch with Lewis is one S4813D of the clearest apologetics for Christian faith that I’ve ever read. Sept. 8, 1947Hey, my word checker just made a dotty red line under “apologetics.” quote_happinessdependence-cslewis If Office Pro doesn’t know what apologetics is, then maybe you don’t either. forgive-cs-lewis-picture-quote“Apologetics” (according to Wikipedia, but I also agree) cs-lewis-quote--e1384981178172 “(from Greek ἀπολογία, ‘speaking in defense’) 631_327523527346368_2125794267_n1 is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) [but not always,KWA]120715-cs-lewis through the systematic use of information.” CS-Lewis-1 C.S. Lewis was an Oxford professor and one of the world’s greatest apologists… 121739a man who reasoned his way from atheism as a wounded World War 1 vet c_s__lewis_quote_by_allendra3-d36ks7x to adoration of Christ in his mature years. cs-lewis-quote_0 It was through reading Lewis’ astute reasoning in Mere Christianity that bothcslewis my mother and her sister put their faith in Christ and became God’s children. surprised-by-meaningAlister McGrath is another such apologist, but a scholar extant in our generation. spck-alister-mcgrath-collectionIn fact, McGrath  is presently one of the world’s foremost theologians,Alister-McGrath-2013wb-1024x657 a professor at King’s College, London, and a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford. CS-Lewis-and-JFK-255x233Although he was only 9 when C.S. Lewis died (on the same day that President dd4djhg86Kennedy was shot and killed), and never met Lewis personally, Alister McGrath A-cs-Lewis-quote111shared with Lewis a birthplace (Belfast), a profession (teaching at Oxford), C.S.LewisBS a similar spiritual journey from atheism to faith in the God of the Bible  cslewis-son-of-god-550x320and eventually to the triune God who was manifested to us as Jesus Christ.CSLewisWEAREFor more than 30 years Alister McGrath has read and reflected on the works of love-quotes-cs-lewis-9C.S. Lewis, and this compact volume (just published in 2014) gives a wealth of CSLewisHUMILITYinsight into the life and thought of C.S. Lewis. If you’ve ever wished you could CS+Lewis+5have a crash course on what this wise man believed on such topics as morality, c-s-lewisquote the meaning of life,cs-lewis-quotes-inspirational-8  friendship, 120804-cs-lewis education, c.s.-lewis-quotepain, 120115-cs-lewis1prayer,c-s-lewis-and-nature_2233_1440x900  suffering, c-s-lewis-quote-550x320and the hope of heaven, cslewis-2  then may I recommend that you sit down with Alister McGrath’s latest book Door to the fairy landand join him in having Lunch with Lewis. cs-lewis-grave“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
(Romans 15:4) c-s-lewis-9“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
(Romans 15:13)CS-Lewis

(The only picture that I took is the one of the book, If I Had Lunch with Lewis, as it sits beside my reading chair. All others were from googling images for C.S. Lewis and Alister McGrath.)



2 responses to “A Crash Course by One Oxford Scholar on Another

  1. I feel close to him, as like me he was born in Belfast. 🙂 I only wish I had one tenth of his wisdom and his strong faith. Over the years he has been a blessing to so many people whom he has never met and his words still continue to help and encourage many people today. What an amazing life!

    • Yes! You do share a very special bond…with Alister McGrath too! You’re on my list of remarkable people, so that makes a lot of you. In fact, I just looked it up, and Belfast has produced scores of great men and women!

      C.S. Lewis is one of my heroes too. A man of deep intellect and deep faith, as you say. His life brings glory to God and comfort to men.

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