I really believe that statement! I believe it because my supposition is that atheists have experienced another “view” of the world that is contradictory to the views expressed by Jesus and His followers. So, if atheists come across to this different way of seeing the world but more importantly history, they then have two references in life which help guide their thinking, feeling and choosing.
C. S. Lewis’ story confirms that. Joy Davidson’s story confirms that. C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidson met in the most unlikely way but I want get to that here. Both atheists from the beginning of their lives and both moving to Jesus later and both finding each others at the end of life.
I want to highlight some points from the life of C. S. Lewis just rehearsed to me in an article by Scott S. Smith.
Most would not know that C. S. Lewis has a cult following. The reason that is not known is because most of those following him are reading and researching and archiving his life.
C.S. Lewis was a most improbable person to become the author of some of the 20th century’s most influential books on Christianity.
From age 15 to 31, he was a confirmed atheist. Then conversations with friends pushed him toward faith, “kicking, struggling, resentful,” he wrote in his autobiography, “Surprised by Joy.”
He first accepted the existence of God and eventually joined the Church of England.
The statement about how he came is so common for atheists who come over. Most come strongly resisting the notion that Christianity could be remotely plausible. They enter totally taken by Jesus and His Spirit.
I’ve got to let you in on the beauty of the C. S. Lewis story. I captured it in a couple of blogs I believe. I am looking for them now. Click here.
This books have sold 200 million copies.
During his early years at Magdalen, Lewis continued to be a materialist, someone who doesn’t believe in the supernatural,” Louis Markos, author of “C.S. Lewis: An Apologist for Education,” told IBD. “But to his surprise, he came to realize that all the authors he most loved — like Edmund Spenser, John Milton and G.K. Chesterton — were devout Christians, while those who shared his secular worldview — George Bernard Shaw, John Stuart Mill and H.G. Wells — seemed to him rather hollow. To make matters worse, the men he most respected at Oxford were also Christian. Owen Barfield (a professor and later novelist) challenged Lewis to rethink his attitude.
After an all-night conversation in 1931, his fellow scholar J.R.R. Tolkien persuaded him that Christ was “the true myth” that other gods were modeled after.
What is true myth? I did have a hard time with this concept at first. Now I understand.
For Tolkien, a myth is a story that conveys ‘fundamental things’ — in other words, that tries to tell us about the deeper structure of things … the echoes of deeper truths. Myths offer a fragment of that truth, not its totality,” wrote Alister McGrath in “C.S. Lewis: A Life.” “(Tolkien argued that) Lewis was limiting himself to his reason, when he ought to be opening himself to the deepest intuitions of his imagination.
What about Joy Davidman?
There is so much to know and you can find much of it in Surprised by Joy.
Here is a brief description of Joy and her relationship with C S Lewis. There is so much more to these two and their chance engagements and ultimate marriage.
Joy Of His Life
Lewis had conducted a lively correspondence with Joy Davidman, an American author and former atheist, before she visited him in 1952. He knew that her marriage to an alcoholic was all but over, but he saw her only as an intellectual companion. After her divorce, Lewis agreed to marriage in 1956 only to let her remain in England, and they lived separately. Six months later, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a few months to live. Only then did they realize that they loved each other.
“Lewis, 17 years her senior, was a lifelong confirmed bachelor, contentedly uninterested in romance until Joy toppled his emotional ramparts and thrust her way into the heart of the Oxford don who was … arguably the greatest Christian thinker of the 20th century,” wrote Abigail Santamaria in “Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis.” “Joy’s marriage to C.S. Lewis surely provides one of the century’s greatest literary love stories” — a story, Santamaria noted, “immortalized in the Academy Award-winning film ‘Shadowlands’ and the Broadway play of the same title.”
After Joy received treatment for her cancer, it went into remission until October 1959. She died in July 1960.
Lewis died three years later, at age 64, on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
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