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(RNS) C.S. Lewis may be the most popular Christian writer in history, but his influence is far greater in the U.S. than in his native Ireland. A conference on the 50th anniversary of his death will examine why.


  1. G.K. Chesterton wasn’t an Inkling, and he influenced Lewis only via his writings, notably ‘The Everlasting Man’. They never met. The other colleague who worked with Tolkien, so to speak, towards Lewis’s conversion was Owen Barfield.

  2. Yep, Lewis and Chesterton never met. Also, The Problem of Pain was written in 1940, many years before he met Joy Davidman. Lewis wrote A Grief Observed after Joy died.

  3. Lewis wrote “The Great Divorce” and changed the perception of Heaven and Hell for a generation of readers. This is one of his best and most overlooked work of prose.

  4. I recently published an e-book entitled “The Legacy of C. S. Lewis’ Cat,” which, I suppose, the Brits will also ignore. (His cat overhears the discussion between Lewis and his brother about the possibility that faithful pets may be resurrected with their believing masters and takes it as gospel worthy of being disseminated throughout cat society.)

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