Why C.S. Lewis Declined to Write for Christianity Today

In 1955 Carl Henry invited C.S. Lewis to write for the inaugural edition of Christianity Today. Lewis declined. He didn’t have a problem with the magazine or its purposes but rather Lewis was done with the type of apologetics he had been involved with up to that point. He now wanted to engage more with the power of fiction. In a recent article in Christianity Today Dan DeWitt writes,

Before introducing the world to The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis published Miracles in 1947. It was his last straightforward defense of the gospel. Lewis told his friend and biographer George Sayer that he would never again write another “book of that sort.” And he didn’t. From that point forward he published primarily fictional, devotional, and biographical material. His passion for explaining and defending the Christian faith could now best be found in a magical world of talking animals.

That’s why when Carl Henry asked him to write articles on topics of Christian doctrine, he had to decline. As Lewis told Henry, “My thought and talent (such as they are) now flow in different, though I trust not less Christian, channels, and I do not think I am at all likely to write more directly theological pieces. The last work of that sort which I attempted had to be abandoned. If I am now good for anything it is for catching the reader unawares – thro’ fiction and symbol. I have done what I could in the way of frontal attacks, but I now feel quite sure those days are over.”

To find our what book Lewis was referring to that had to be “abandoned” and to learn more you can read the entire article here. (HT: Mason from Koinonia)



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