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C S Lewis

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C S Lewis

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C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland on November 29, 1898.  His parents were Albert Lewis and Flora Hamilton Lewis and he had an older brother named  Warren Hamilton Lewis.  His mother died of cancer in 1908 and shortly after her death the C.S. Lewis and his brother were sent to boarding school in England.  The school closed in 1910, and he returned to Ireland.  Later he was sent back to England to study.  Lewis learned to love poetry and he also had an interest in modern languages.  He learned and mastered French, German and Italian.

In 1916 Lewis was accepted at University College, at Oxford University.  Just after he entered University Lewis chose to volunteer for duty in World War I.  When the war ended, Lewis returned to Oxford and resumed his studies.  In 1925 Lewis was elected to a teaching post in English at Magdalen College, Oxford.  He evendtually became a professor of medieval and renaissance literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1955.

He started writing while at Magdalen College and his first major work, The Pilgrim's Regress, was about his coming to Christ.  Lewis also wrote the popular children's novels about Narnia.

After his wife Joy Gresham died in 1960, Lewis's health began to deteriorate.  In 1963 he resigned from Cambridge.  He died on November 22, 1963.
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29-Nov-1898
22-Nov-1963
uremia caused by kidney failure

Quotes

Because the Middle Ages erred in one direction, does it follow that there is no error in the opposite direction?
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.  That is the one thing we must not say.  A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would either be a lunatic - on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell.  You must make your choice.  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 his being a great human teacher.  He has not left that open to us.  He did not intend to.

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