Truth, Beauty, and C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis believed that within five years after his death he would be forgotten...
Well, he was wrong about something, I guess.
Other than that, he got most things right. He was a brilliant thinker, a masterful writer, and a humble apologist. Which makes him someone I look up to quite a bit.
He was the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, an amazingly simple yet profound set of children's books that have sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. He was also the author of Mere Christianity - a massively popular and very well regarded apologetic work. It's quite difficult to find an apologetics website that doesn't list Mere Christianity as one of the books it recommends.
So, what makes C.S. Lewis so great?
It's not that he was perfect. He was far from it. Some of his views are a bit edgy. And some of the things he did wouldn't really fly in today's church culture. (His odd marriage arrangement didn't fly well in his culture either.)
I think what made C.S. Lewis great was that he didn't just tell people the facts about Christianity. He gave them images that displayed the beauty of what Christianity is. He made people want Christianity to be true (Like in The Chronicles of Narnia) and then showed them that it was (Like in Mere Christianity). And he did all this artistically - with poetry, fiction, and imagery.
He wasn't dry. He wasn't boring. His writing is intellectually rigourous, yet poetically beautiful. It's smart, but witty.
In today's day and age, we could take a cue or two from Lewis.
We live in a culture that doesn't really want to hear about Christianity. And we live in a culture that has a lot of intellectual questions, but they're sound bite questions. The questions aren't typically ones they got from reading a book on philosophy. They read it in a blog, or saw it on YouTube.
In a culture like that, we need artful pictures of Christianity, not purely prosaic ones. Our culture won't sit around for a sermon on why Christianity is true, but they may listen to an entertaining podcast. They probably won't read your 250 page book, but they may watch your well made YouTube video.
Take a cue from C.S. Lewis.
Create amazing works. Works that not only argue for the truth of Christianity, but display the beauty of it as well. That's what our culture needs.