Allan Bevere–The Eclipsing of the Death of C.S. Lewis

Perhaps the significance of Kennedy is ultimately found in his tragic and untimely death and that is why November 22 has been singled out in his memory, eclipsing Lewis’ death. But it seems to me that Lewis’ significance is found in his life and work. JFK’s importance is found in what could have been had he lived (and perhaps a little too romanticized in the process), as well as the continued controversy generated by conspiracy theorists as to how many assassins were involved that day. But I think Lewis’ importance is found in not what might have been, but in what he contributed prior to his death, challenging us to rethink our view of the world and the significance of a “mere Christianity” in which an orthodox understanding of Jesus was essential, while poking at that mere Jesus with some new and different questions.

November 22 seems to have been dedicated to JFK by default because of his untimely death. Lewis continues to be read and discussed and pondered in an ever-continuing stream of new books, in coffee shops and pubs and taverns and at conferences. The significance of Lewis’ contribution cannot be limited to one day a year….

Lewis’ death may get no attention, but his life and work cannot be eclipsed.

Read it all.


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2 comments on “Allan Bevere–The Eclipsing of the Death of C.S. Lewis

  1. SC blu cat lady says:

    Good point. JFK may be remembered for his death but CS Lewis is remembered for his books. Life is not a popularity contest but being remembered for his books which have helped millions of people is IMVHO a much better thing than being remembered for how you die.

  2. MichaelA says:

    I suspect that C. S. Lewis is already far more influential than President Kennedy (considering world-wide influence) and that will only increase as the years go by.