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What Can We Learn from C.S. Lewis’s
Conversion Story?

There is no one template for conversion to Christianity. In fact, it seems that in our contemporary Western culture, point-in-time “decisions” for Christ, similar to Billy Graham’s technique for evangelism, are becoming less frequent. Instead, conversions to Christianity now seem to be the result of longer, more linear, and more thought-out deliberations. This was C.S. Lewis’s conversion story, and his journey to Christianity culminated ninety years ago today, as Lewis went on an after dinner walk with his friends J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson along the picturesque walking trail, Addison’s Walk, on the grounds of Magdalen College.

Lewis’s writings still instruct, encourage, and form us today. Even his conversion story provides us with valuable lessons, particularly as believers wrestle with Christ’s command in Matthew 28 about the best ways to go and make disciples in a culture becoming more hostile to public Christian witness. One of these lessons from Lewis’s conversion story which is transferable to us today is that the hard work of evangelism is often located in the context of friendship. It is important to have friends who don’t think like we do, vote like we do, or even share our Christian faith. . . .

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Joseph A. Kohm

Joseph A. Kohm, C.S. Lewis Institute Vice President for Development and City Director for Virginia Beach. Joe is an attorney and formerly worked as a Certified Major League Baseball Player Agent. He earned his Master’s in Management Science from the State University of New York at Oswego and both his J.D. and M.Div. from Regent University. Joe is the author of The Unknown Garden of Another’s Heart: The Surprising Friendship between C.S. Lewis and Arthur Greeves (Wipf and Stock, 2022.)


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