Friday, August 19, 2005

Influences -III

"Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him from every side."

He was one of the world's reknowned authorities on English literature, on the faculty of Oxford, of Cambridge, and he was a militant atheist. His name: C.S. Lewis. The quote above is his, and most prescient, at least in my case, because one day, for no obvious reason, I decided to read A.N. Wilson's biography of Lewis. In reading about the life of Lewis, I read about the transformation of a man with a soaring intellect, a person who--when he became curious about religious ideas--decided to read the Hebrew scriptures in Greek, and somebody who would then go on to write some of the most compelling defenses of Christianity of the 20th Century.

Lewis described his conversion as akin to "when a man, after a long sleep, still lying motionless in bed, becomes aware he is now awake." Wilson's biography may not have "awakened" me per se, but reading about Lewis' life, his pursuit of truth, and his intellectual integrity, well, let's just say my slumber was becoming rather fitful.