22 July at 15:05 ·
The pursuit of scholarly truth can often topple some of
evangelicalism’s sacred cows. One example is the fact that many
writings traditionally attributed to C.S. Lewis are actually works of
No scholar worth his salt would maintain that the same man who wrote a
children’s story about a magical wardrobe also wrote books on
Christian Apologetics in addition to various essays on 16th century
English Literature. The stylistic differences between these books are
simply too vast to be the work of a single author.
So do we have any hope of identifying a real Historical Lewis? I don’t
think so. So far I have identified at least three distinct authors of
these works: Proto-Lewis, Deutero-Lewis, and Trito-Lewis,
respectively. Further scholarly work on the matter may reveal a dozen
or more contributors to the Lewisian corpus.
But all this shouldn’t shake our faith in the books’ usefulness.
Despite the fact that C.S. Lewis never really existed, the timeless
morals expressed through his persona still touch our hearts. Even
though Lewis never really lived, he still lives on!
Stephen Hayes, Author of The Year of the Dragon
Sample or purchase The Year of the Dragon:
Web site: http://www.khanya.org.za/stevesig.htm