Friday, April 12, 2013

C.S. Lewis - Atheism to Belief (Alister McGrath)

Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker. 

Numerous biographies of Lewis exist. The most recent is C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet by Alister E. McGrath, himself an adult convert to Christianity, and a prolific author in his own right. He is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King’s College, London. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Until 2008, he was Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. 

Having thoroughly examined recently published Lewis correspondence, McGrath challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the exact timing of Lewis’s shift from atheism to theism and then to Christianity. He paints a definitive portrait of Lewis as an eccentric thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times. Here is the video of Professor McGrath’s lecture on Lewis at the Sunday Forum at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, last Sunday. It is well worth watching right through.


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