This excerpt from The Race Before Us begins with a quotation from C.S. Lewis (perhaps one of his most famous):
Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about Him being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. [The Race Before Us, p. 106 – quoting C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Touchstone Books, 1996), 56.]
So that’s the ultimate question. Having concluded that one thing I knew was that Jesus was a real person of history, these questions obviously followed: If Jesus Christ actually existed, was he also the Son of Man? Was he God? He had existed, but did exist today? How can I find the answer these questions? How can I determine if Jesus is Lord or lunatic? I wondered, what would persuade me that Jesus was who he claimed to be. (excerpt from The Race Before Us)
This post is meant only to be a brief introduction to C.S. Lewis and to point you to a great new — FREE — resource about C.S. Lewis, whose writings had a profound impact on me. His book Mere Christianity (which was the answer to my contest when I was “six weeks in Oxford”) is one of the most read of all books on Christianity and may be credited with bringing more to Christ than any other book (other than the Bible itself). Lewis is also well-known for his works of fiction, including children’s fiction such as the Chronicles of Narnia. For much more about C.S. Lewis, click on this link.
To help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lewis’ death, the C.S. Lewis Institute is offering this book – C.S. Lewis: A Profile in Faith – to anyone as an e-book download for free. Just click here or on the book image below and you will be able to download your own copy. (Curiously, Lewis died on the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated – fifty years ago this past Friday.)
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A final note – some people avoid reading material from “older” sources believing that what’s new or “modern” is by its very nature better or superior. Lewis referred to this tendency as “chronological snobbery.” Here’s one of his comments on this topic, taken from his autobiographical memoir, Surprised by Joy:
|“||Barfield never made me an Anthroposophist, but his counterattacks destroyed forever two elements in my own thought. In the first place he made short work of what I have called my “chronological snobbery,” the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited. You must find why it went out of date. Was it ever refuted (and if so by whom, where, and how conclusively) or did it merely die away as fashions do? If the latter, this tells us nothing about its truth or falsehood. From seeing this, one passes to the realization that our own age is also “a period,” and certainly has, like all periods, its own characteristic illusions. They are likeliest to lurk in those widespread assumptions which are so ingrained in the age that no one dares to attack or feels it necessary to defend them.||”|
I mention this only because one misses some extraordinary — and relevant — writing by falling victim to chronological snobbery and overlooking C.S. Lewis.