“You may ask, ‘Why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise and starting a sort of secret society to undermine the devil? Why isn’t he landing en force, invading it?’ Well, Christians think He’s going to land in force. We don’t know when, but we can guess why. He’s delaying. He wants to give us the chance of joining His side freely.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Profound truth like that is why C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. He’s brilliant, yet relatable. That was part of his charm with his audience. That’s what drew people in and held them. He could express lofty, nearly incomprehensible ideas, in a down-to-earth manner.
That’s why Narnia is loved by children around the globe and why Lewis’ entire catalog of work has spoken to us for generations.
It’s also why we wanted to share yesterday’s radio program with you. Joining us was Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis’ stepson. Douglas shared stories and insights from his childhood about growing up with the influence of a stepfather like “Jack,” as family and friends referred to him.
This conversation is one of our favorites here at Focus. It’s one of our listeners’, too. “C.S. Lewis: The Heart Behind Mere Christianity” ranks as one of our Top 100 broadcasts of all time. It’s a great program to revisit as we continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary this week.
Also joining our discussion is our former colleague, Paul McCusker, who was the creative director for our Radio Theatre production, C.S. Lewis at War, and who authored the book, C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created a Classic. As you’ll hear, it’s the story behind Lewis’ seminal apologetics book, Mere Christianity.