C. S. Lewis

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”

C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, also known as Jack was born in Belfast in 1898. In 1908, his mother, father and brother all died and he was sent to boarding school in England. He joined the front line at the age of 19 and was wounded during the Battle of Arras in 1918 .Lewis returned to Oxford University to study Greek, English and Latin literature plus philosophy and ancient history. He graduated with first class honours. It was during this time at Oxford that he became a good friend of JRR Tolkien and they set up a literature group together called “The Inklings” In 1931 he became a Christian following a conversation with Tolkien. In 1956 he married his wife Joy an American writer. Lewis is one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century with contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology He wrote more than thirty books including The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity.

 

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