By James Li, Zachary Harmon and Jalina Archuleta
C.S. Lewis was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. He preferred to be called by the name of Jack Lewis. He attended college at Oxford University, and graduated with a focus in literature and classic philosophy. Lewis was raised in a Christian environment but later converted into atheism in 1929 after the loss of his mother. George MacDonald and J.R.R. Tolkien”s books helped Lewis convert back to Christianity. Their influence from their writing affected Lewis greatly. Lewis stated that “What it actually did to me, was to convert, even to baptize my imagination.” Since he surrounded himself around many Christians he finally gave in and accepted the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior, in September 1931.
C.S.Lewis is a literary critic in the academic aspect who wrote The Allegory of Love. He was also an authority of English literature in16th century. He is also a poet who wrote short, long and narrative poems. He began to write about the Christian faith and apologetics after came to Christ by the influences of his two best friends. There are many writers who can write well in one or two categories, and there are more and more people can think brilliantly but write poorly, but only C.S.Lewis can think wonderfully and write well. Believers and nonbelievers are both attracted to his works. For some of the believers, their understanding of theology was encouraged by C.S.Lewis’ works.
While trying to work though pieces like Hamlet and Macbeth, I yearned for the days when we studied the Chronicles of Narnia. I cannot describe how bummed I was when Mrs. Suth told me the AP Board doesn’t recognize CS Lewis as “High Literary Merit” and I couldn’t use Narnia on the AP Exam. Not only does Narnia have an awesome adventure story with battles and dragons and talking lions, but there is also a plethora of symbolism.
A little while back when most students went to the game at Oracle Arena, I stayed behind with America, and we ended up sitting through 7th Grade English. I’ll admit, I have nightmares that I am living in a dream, and I am going to wake up and I’m going to wake up on the first day of seventh grade. After going through another five years of school, hearing Mr. Ray talk about Narnia made so much sense. There is more to Narnia than a talking Lion that symbolized Jesus. Though the ending is terribly sad, I highly recommend picking it up again, especially you seniors.
Lewis used his writing abilities to teach others about the truth. He glorified the Lord through his writing and he made people think deeply about what they sincerely believed in. In 1 Peter 4:10 it states “ As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” This verse is saying that we should use our abilities to serve each other and the Lord. Another verse that inspires us to use our talents wisely is 1 Corinthians 14:12 “ So It is with you, Since you are eager for the gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.” This verse is telling us that we need to teach other about Jesus and build their knowledge on Him. My question to you is: are you using your God given talents to serve Him?