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C.S. Lewis' Writings Have Profound Effect on Latter-day Saints

On Nov. 22, much of the world will remember and celebrate President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Little noticed in 1963 was the death that same day of another extraordinary man, C.S. Lewis. His writings on Christianity and his Chronicles of Narnia novels have had a profound effect on Mormons as well as on large numbers of Christians, especially in the United States. Because of this, it is worth remembering his life, his faith and the remarkably enduring gift of his writings.

At his death, Lewis was perhaps the most influential Christian apologist of his time. He appeared on the cover of Time magazine in September 1947, with the headline “Oxford’s C.S. Lewis — His heresy: Christianity.” And since his death, his influence and popularity have only increased, especially in the United States. He was featured on the cover of U.S. News & World Report in December 2005, with the headline “God’s Storyteller.”

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