"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." From Christian to Atheist and back to Christian...the life and works of C.S. Lewis.
On November 29, 1898, a bouncing baby boy was born to Albert J. Lewis and Augusta Hamilton Lewis. The baby was Clive Staples Lewis, the newest addition to the Lewis family of Belfast, Ireland (C.S. Lewis, par. 1-2).
When Lewis was around the age of seven his family moved to their new home right outside of Belfast. He was then enrolled in Campbell College, a boarding school, but was taken out due to illness. Malvern, England, a health resort, seemed like the perfect place for him. There he attended Cherbourg House. During his time at Cherbourg, he threw out everything he had once believed and gave up Christianity (C.S. Lewis, par. 4-5).
In February 1916, Lewis chose to read Phantastes by George MacDonald. He said it, "baptized his imagination" (C.S. Lewis, par. 7)
Lewis enlisted in the British army in 1917 when World War I broke out. During the Battle of Arras in 1918, he was wounded, but later recovered and returned to the line of duty. In December of 1919, he was discharged from the army. Earlier that year, he received a great honor. "Death in Battle," his first real publication, was put in the February edition of Reveille (C.S. Lewis, par. 8-10).
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Lewis studied in Oxford at University College from January 1919 until June 1924. There he received many awards including a First in Honour Moderations, a First in Greats, and a First in English. During his time at University College, he had many tutors including A.B. Poynton for Honour Moderations, F.P. Wilson and George Gordon in English, and E.E. Wardale for Old English (C.S. Lewis, par. 19).
In May of 1921, Lewis won the Chancellor's English Essay Prize for "Optimism." No copy of this work has ever been found. In 1924, he served in the place of E.F. Carritt, his former philosophy tutor, at University College. In May of the next year, he left University and became the English Language and Literature tutor at Magdalene College, also in Oxford (C.S. Lewis, par. 12-14).
Lewis had a major life-changing event occur between 1929 and 1931. In 1929 he became a theist saying, "I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed." September 24 of the same year, his father, Albert Lewis, passed away. Later, in 1931, C.S. Lewis became a Christian after a long talk with J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson on Christianity. He later said, "When we set out to the zoo, I did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo, I did" (C.S. Lewis, par. 16).
In 1935, Lewis wrote the volume on 16th Century English Literature, which was published in 1954. He received an award, the Gollancz Memorial Prize for...