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Another Coffee from the February 1992 Deep Cove Crier

C.S. Lewis: Why is he More Popular than Ever Before??

Perhaps one of the most famous and versatile 20th century English writers has been the Oxford, and then Cambridge, scholar: C.S. Lewis.  Some readers, especially children, find the Narnia tales among the most captivating books they have ever read.  Recently BBC has come out with a video version of the Narnia Chronicles that is destined to be a classic (especially the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe video).  University students often reserve their greatest appreciation for C.S. Lewis’ science fiction trilogy.  Clyde Kilby describes him as "the kind of writer who can usher the reader into a new world, into a continuing process of discovery that reconstitutes his way of thought and life."

Where did C.S. Lewis get his vivid skill at being able to describe fantasy and science-fiction worlds that fascinate and delight the imagination?  Scholars attribute the development of this creative ability to his childhood love of nature.  If C.S. Lewis had moved to Canada, I could easily see him wanting to live in the Deep Cove area, with its magnificent forest, water, and mountains.  Lewis’ love of nature was something that he never outgrew.  Once his older brother brought a toy garden into the nursery.  It made Lewis vividly aware of nature—not as a storehouse of forms and colours but as something cool, dewy, fresh, and exuberant.  Years later, he stood beside a flowering currant bush on a summer day.  Suddenly there arose within him without warning an "enormous bliss", a joy that made everything else that had happened to him insignificant in comparison.  The rest of his life became the search for that authentic joy that makes all life meaningful.  He went through a long period of atheism and cynicism about the world.  But he could not ultimately deny the mysterious beauty that he saw in nature.

In his first step to faith, he began to hold that "Beauty is the call of the spirit in that Something to the spirit in us." Gradually Lewis started to realize that the more that he grasped after the Joy in nature, the less of it he would experience.  It was his very tendency to analyze and tear apart all his experiences that robbed him of the joy of his experience.  As C.S. Lewis discovered, "It is impossible to both kiss one’s girlfriend and analyze the kiss at the same moment."  To do so is to dissipate the reality of the kiss.

Why do so many of us tend to become stuck in a ‘paralysis of analysis’?  Click to find out why….


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