On Jan. 17, 2017, Concordia Publishing House released my new book, From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis (to order online visit https://www.cph.org/). The book addresses how Lewis became an atheist, how and why he came back to Christianity, and what he subsequently thought about atheism, based on his own atheism as well as that of others. The book is largely biographical, examining Lewis’s atheistic years in more detail than has previously been done, using God’s four “chess moves” as the broad outline. The focus is on the years 1916 to 1931 in Lewis’s life. To read a Q&A with the author, click this link: http://academic.cphblogs.com/new/qa-dr-joel-d-heck-author-atheism-christianity-story-c-s-lewis/.
I would also like to commend a book I am beginning to read, which connects quite closely to the above publication. Steve Luhring has written a book, now available online at both Barnes & Noble and at Amazon, entitled Scrooge and the Question of God's Existence. Drawing on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Luhring updates Dickens' Christmas classic and retells the story for those dealing with "doubt, unbelief, pain, and the problem of evil," as Paul L. Maier writes in the Foreword. Order a copy and give it a read; then give it to your favorite atheist.
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The following audio clip comes from Stella Aldwinckle, founder of the Oxford Socratic Club, who addressed the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society on January 24, 1984, under the title "Memories of the Socratic Club." The Socratic Digest is now available at Lulu.com. Used with permission of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society and editors of the upcoming collection of essays and memoirs from the society (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Stella Aldwinckle - Socratic Digest 24-01-84.mp3
Stephen Thorson, a missionary pediatrician working in Nepal, has written a book about the Great War correspondence between Barfield and Lewis. The title is Joy and Poetic Imagination: Understanding C. S. Lewis's "Great War" with Owen Barfield and Its Significance for His Conversion and Writings. It was published by Winged Lion Press in December 2015 and is available on Amazon.
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Diaries: If you know of any published or unpublished diaries of people who knew C. S. Lewis, please contact me via email at HeckYes@aol.com. "Chronologically Lewis" continues to grow, but there is a limit to what I can add to that resource. Most of the major resources have been read for new information. There are probably a lot of references by undergraduates to studying with Lewis, most of them unpublished.
Dr. Joel Heck