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From the Summer 2017 issue of Knowing & Doing:

From Narnia to the Gospel: Turning Conversations about C. S. Lewis to the Topic He Loved Most

by Randy Newman, M.Div., Ph.D.
Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism, C.S. Lewis Institute

 
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 If he was right, I suggest we should never have “ordinary” conversations. Even what some might call “mere chit-chat” can be transformed into conversations with the most weight. Something that starts as seemingly inconsequential as “Hey, what are you reading?” could lead to changes beyond the bookshelf. Lewis thought his writings would be forgotten five years after he died. He couldn’t have been more wrong. For some people, his books have changed eternity. And that’s worth talking about.

 


 

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Notes:
1 C.S. Lewis, “Is Theology Poetry?” in The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses (1949; repr., San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco , 2001), 140.
2 Owen Barfield, Owen Barfield on C.S. Lewis, ed. G.B. Tennyson (city: Wesleyan University Press, 1989), 22.
3 C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; repr., San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001), 136–37.
4 Lewis, “The Weight of Glory,” in Weight of Glory, 45–46.

Randy Newman is Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at the C.S. Lewis Institute. He is also an adjunct faculty member for Talbot School of Theology and Patrick Henry College. He received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written four books and numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and have three grown sons. Randy blogs at www.connectionpoints.us.

 

Recommended Reading:
Joe Rigney, Live Like A Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis's Chronicles (Eyes & Pen Press, 2013)

Careful readers of the Chronicles of Narnia know that there is more to the stories than meets the eye. There are layers of meaning in these fairy tales, spiritual gold beneath these Narnian hills. Those who delight in Lewis's magical world love to journey further up and further in, returning to Narnia again and again so that the same old stories can awaken our minds afresh to the wonder and glory all around us. But just how are these stories meant to change us? When we tumble back out of the wardrobe, in what ways should we be different?  Drawing upon Lewis's other writings and the Chronicles themselves, Joe Rigney shows the intricate and sometimes subtle ways that Lewis intended his beloved fairy stories to shape our hearts and minds. In doing so, he commends Lewis's Chronicles as a fruitful part of Christian discipleship, so that in reading the Narnian stories, breathing Narnian air, and seeking to live like Narnians, we are wonderfully transformed into the image of Jesus Christ--the Great Lion and High King Above All Kings.

 
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