Tuesday, November 30, 2010
C. S. Lewis
Yesterday was the birthday of C. S. Lewis, (1898) the Christian apologist, professor, author and theologian - best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia. I remember first being impacted by his book "The Screwtape Letters" as a teenager. It is a series of letters from a demon to his nephew, in which he describes living out a Christian life as a typical human being. I wanted to read all the Narnia Chronicles aloud to my kids, but I think we only made it through the first few. I am not a big fantasy fan, but I love the Christian allegory that Narnia respresents (Aslan is Jesus - in case you're unaware). The recent movies are spectacular and I'm glad they have brought Lewis's work back in the spotlight. Here are a few of my favorite C.S.Lewis quotes:
Miracles are a retelling, in small letters, of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
What saves a man is to take a step. then another step.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
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.