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More important than JFK

Posted: November 23, 2021 by chrisharper in catholic, Church doctrine

By Christopher Harper

Almost every American who was alive on November 22, 1963, knows where he and she was. That’s because JFK died that day.

But a far more influential man, Clive Staples Lewis, also died that day.

Better known as C.S. Lewis, or Jack to his friends and family, Lewis was one of the most important Christian apologists and fiction writers of the 20th century.

A recent motion picture, The Most Reluctant Convert, tells the story of Lewis’s evolution from atheist to great Christian writer. See

The film doesn’t deal directly with his more famous works, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters, but follows Lewis’s path from nonbeliever to true believer. 

The Most Reluctant Convert is based on a successful stage play written by Max McLean. This filmed version features McLean as an elderly C.S. Lewis who walks viewers through key dramatized moments in his younger years.

The film uses Lewis’s own words to describe his path. As a young man, he explored the occult, including Nordic mythology. Eventually, he recognized how empty and destructive those choices were. Part of that realization occurred, he said, when he came to the aid of a tormented fellow war veteran who screamed that he was being hounded by devils and dragged into hell.

Lewis began his academic career as an undergraduate student at Oxford University. After a brief but dramatic stint in World War I, where he was wounded, he was elected a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he worked from 1925 to 1954. He later joined the faculty at Cambridge University, where he taught until he died in 1963,

At Oxford, he returned to Christianity, having been influenced by arguments with his Oxford colleague and friend J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of Lord of the Rings. Lewis resisted conversion as he described in Surprised by Joy:

You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen [College, Oxford], night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929, I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. 

Let me leave you with two other important quotations from Lewis:

We meet no ordinary people in our lives.

In a much-cited passage from Mere Christianity, Lewis challenged the view that Jesus was a great moral teacher but not God. 

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon, or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

The Most Reluctant Convert is an engaging and important film. See it if it’s still in a theater near you!

It’s hilarious to see the Biden administration, members of the US Senate and the media now start crying that it was corporations greed that is the cause of inflation.

This might be a convincing argument if it wasn’t for the fact that all of these corporations existed during the trump years and yet inflation wasn’t an issue.

Did they only become greedy once Biden was sworn in?

The cheapest gas in the area at the moment is $3.05 the highest I saw was at a gas station near the hotel in Sturbridge where Pintastic took place at $3.99.

We’re getting mixed messages from the media and administration as to the causes with partisans’ insisting that Biden can’t do anything about it.

Yet somehow Trump had this country as a net exporter of energy (without I should add tapping the strategic oil reserve and I was paying under $2 a gallon.

When energy goes up everything goes up.

I was at Pintastic NE when the Rittenhouse verdict came in. All I could think of was that if he is a pinball fan at Pintastic NE he could walk through the venders hall saying: I’ll take that, and that , and two of that and not dent the dough he is going to end up with the settlements that will be coming when the lawsuits start flaying.

The fact that Americans could see the trail and understand that they had been lied to by the media is going to be really damning. Can you imagine what people would have thought if they didn’t have cameras in court?

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a move to pull them out in the future, can’t have anything competing with the narrative.

Speaking of spin the media was trying hard to convince people that Brooks was fleeing another crime when he ran down those folks at the Christmas parade. At first I was confused as this would make him look pretty bad but once more fact came out that suggests he purposely ran those folks down (and has a history of doing so) it all made sense. Remember the same left that insisted on trying Rittenhouse let this guy out on $1000 bail all for the sake of a political and racial narrative.

Expect the media to do their best to memory hole this story as it’s devastating to every narrative they have pushed for years.

Finally the incredible looting wave that has hit California cities has finally put some fear into some of the Soros DA’s out there, mainly I suspect because of the recall in progress to remove him.

There are plenty of stores big and small that have been devastated due to the decision to not bother enforcing laws and the left didn’t have an issue, but now that there might be a political cost in power, suddenly the outrage comes.

I wish I could say I was surprised.