Yeah, I know. Blah.
As Anglophilic as I can be, I NEVER got into C.S. Lewis’ apologetics.
He was just too donnish and cerebral to have anything to say to me.
As for Screwtape, all I could think of while trying to read it was, “Wow, England is a grimy, grotty shithole. This dude should move.”‘
Below, Michael Coren contends that Lewis has converted millions to Christianity, but I think he mostly props up believers and, quite possibly, has turned a large number of folks away from religion.
Another strategy Lewis favoured was the argument from desire. From time to time, he revealed, he experienced a sense of joy, which was a feeling of unsatisfied longing, though more pleasurable than the satisfaction of any other desire. These experiences, he maintained, revealed a need that could only be met through God. “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” One might, alternatively, question whether the desire was a rational one, or indeed whether the sensation could fairly be described as a desire at all.
To draw a parallel, it would be strange to argue that if an eighty-year-old man wishes he was forty years younger, he must be made for another world in which he actually is forty years younger.