Why, after so many years, is Lewis still so very popular? In answering this question, McGrath reminds us that there were, in many ways, three versions of C. S. Lewis. Most people are familiar with Lewis the novelist. Multitudes have read The Chronicles of Narnia series, while even more have enjoyed the film versions. Second, many know Lewis the apologist. His Mere Christianity and The Case for Miracles are just two of the many works that Christians cite as being formative in the building of their faith. McGrath laments that the third Lewis is not remembered as much as he should be: Lewis the scholar. Because his works are so accessible and have such a warm, friendly tone, we tend to forget that Lewis was an Oxford Don and professor of Medieval literature. His preface to Milton’s Paradise Lost is considered a classic in of itself. Taken together—Lewis the novelist, Lewis the apologist, and Lewis the scholar—we meet a towering intellect who gave his mind to the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lewis certainly left his mark on the world.
I join McGrath in inviting you to get to know all three versions of C.S. Lewis. McGrath’s biography is a good place to start.