' . - C. S. Lewis
Quest Club, March 19, 1982
Pastor Richard G. Frazier
^P President Cory, Fellow Questors, and Guests:
By way of introduction, a distinguished fellow-questor sent me an article from the
Chicago Tribune, with a note which said that although C. S. Lewis was unknown to him, he
hoped the article would help me in preparing this paper. The fact that the story was about
Jerry Lee Lewis, an erstwhile rock star, and that other Questors have asked me, who is
C. S. Lewis?, prompted me to direct this paper more to information about rather than
analysis of today's subject. Thus, if the name Lewis is familiar to you only through
Lewis and Clark, or the Lewis of the Dean Martin show, or like Allan Treumper, the Lewis
who once played outfield for the Red Sox, or even Jerry Lee Lewis, let it be known that
today we are considering C. S. Lewis, an Anglican layman who my Anglican friend,
President Randall, assigned to me. This paper seeks to answer the questions, Who is this
man? and Why might you be interested in him. Let us begin with a few clues.
I. In 1979, a television program was carried on CBS which won an Emmy award and drew
some 37 million viewers. it was the largest audience ever to view a religious television
show. The subject was not a revivalist, a faith healer, a representative of the Moral
Majority, the Pope, and least of all, not a Lutheran. Rather it was a presentation of
"The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe", one of seven fantasy stories from the Chronicles
of Narnia. The author of these children's stories was a professor of medieval and
renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England.
Personally, I have never particularly cared for the Narnia series of children's
books. Indeed, I should not have expected children to enjoy them, either. Yet each
summer in the mountains of Georgia, where another family joins our family for vacation,
each evening there is a children's story hour before the parents engage in a night of
bridge; and what is odd is that for the last three years eight children, now ages 6 to
14, have been captivated by the tales of Narnia. Thus, as in an increasing number of
areas, my own children have proved me wrong.
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