Surprised by Belfast: Significant Sites in the Life of C.S. Lewis, Part 4, Queen’s University Belfast and the Surrounding Area - page 6


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From the Winter 2016 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Surprised by Belfast: Significant Sites in the Life
of C.S. Lewis, Part 4, Queen’s University Belfast
and the Surrounding Area

by Sandy Smith
Author of C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth

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  In conclusion, I wish again to refer briefly to the C.S. Lewis reading room in the McClay Library of QUB. I mentioned in passing that the reading room walls are decorated with images of Ireland and quotations from C.S. Lewis’s writings. It is appropriate to conclude this series of articles, “Surprised by Belfast,” by using one of those quotations seen in the reading room. It has its genesis at Dundela Villas, where Lewis was born, in east Belfast:

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.7


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1 C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life (London and Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1967), 100.
2 C.S. Lewis,They Stand Together: The Letters of C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves (1914–1963), ed. Walter Hooper (London: Collins, 1979), letter dated 25 July 1929.
3 C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Vol. 1, Family Letters, 1905–1931, ed. Walter Hooper (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004), 819–820.
4 Lewis, They Stand Together, letter dated 25 July 1929.
5 Ibid.
6 C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; repr. New York: Simon & Schuster, Touchstone, 1996), 21.
7 Ibid., 121.

Sandy Smith  is the author of C.S. Lewis and the Island of His Birth and a Director of Heritage Experience. His book is available through: Three short film pieces on aspects of the life of C.S. Lewis can also be viewed on the website.


Recommended DVD
The Life of C.S. Lewis, A Day of Discovery Production (2005, approximately 120 minutes)

In this revealing look at the life of C. S. Lewis, go behind the scenes to see the sites he knew so well, and to meet those who knew Lewis personally.
C. S. Lewis is remembered as a scholar, teacher, and writer. He’s also been called one of the most influential spokesmen for the Christian faith in the 20th century.  During his 30 years at Oxford University, Lewis produced a number of bestselling books that are still widely read today including The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity.
This 4-part video from Day of Discovery, The Life of C. S. Lewis, explores how Lewis changed from an outspoken opponent of Christianity to one of its most powerful defenders.

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