Clive Staples Lewis. Does this name mean anything to you? A majority of people don’t realize who this person is until we reveal his pen name, C.S. Lewis. The whole world opens up with his accomplishments, a vast majority of successful novels that are in still in demand today, but he wasn’t just a writer. He was a poet, a well-educated man from Oxford and an avid Christian Apologetic.
His most notable series, Chronicles of Narnia, is one his greatest endeavors for a number of reasons. It’s extremely rare to find a writer who can relate religion into a story, without sounding preachy and in a genre outside religion. His notable character, Aslan, a remarkable and wise lion reflects Christ. Aslan guides and helps four children in a fantasy world, helping them grow and learn in situations that are exciting and compelling. As with traditional teachings, there is also betrayal and tests of their faith in this magnificent lion and the children themselves. The way he linked religion with a deeper story makes it thrive today.
Lewis made this novel possible in a fantasy world, a job well done before his time. He was very good friends with J.R. Tolkien, a man he could confide in about making worlds hidden. The land Lewis created was called Narnia. It was full of monsters, talking animals, one wicked witch, along with magical items and more. He created lands where there was prejudice, war, love and fear. All of these components can be related with today.
C.S. Lewis is considered a classic, but it wasn’t easy. It takes courage to break through the trends. During this time, writers were most noted for writing educational base or philosophical works. Lewis earned his reputation and decided to do something inspirational. He followed his own beliefs, spun it to his advantage and took a risk. It’s a simple lesson we can all learn from. There is a time in life where we all need to take risks, not only with our beliefs, but our fear and pride. C.S. Lewis did it, with sweet amazing grace.
In a world today, some wonder if Lewis would have risked it during our time.
The answer is simple.
Yes. I daresay he would risk it all again.