Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis (Nov. 29, 1898 – Nov. 22, 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy; and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem with Pain. Lewis wrote more than 30 books throughout his lifetime, all of which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies.
Lewis and fellow novelist J.R.R Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis’s memoir Surprised By Joy, he was baptized in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence. Lewis returned to his Christian roots at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an “ordinary layman of the Church of England.” Lewis’s faith profoundly affected his work, and his WWII wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.
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