Shadowlands - THE PATH TO GOD

The path to God did not come easily for Jack Lewis.

Completing his studies, he chose a career which took him to Oxford and the world of medieval literature. Not content with fantastic tales of the past, he became close friends with one of the greatest storytellers of his time: J.R.R. Tolkien (author of Lord of the Rings). And he closely studied George MacDonald (author of Phantastes).

Interrupted briefly by service in WWI (where he was injured at the front), Lewis returned to Oxford and became a tutor at Magdalen (pronounced MAWD-lin) College, where he remained for 29 years. He took part in brisk discussions about faith (or his lack thereof).

Although now an atheist, he continued to speculate whether God did, in fact, exist.  In 1929 - after long talks with close friends, such as J.R.R. Tolkien - Jack "admitted God was God."

You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, 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 of England.

C. S. Lewis  Surprised by Joy

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Original Release: Dec 01, 2002

Updated Last Revision: Feb 28, 2015

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