, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist
, Ireland. He is known for both his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters
, The Chronicles of Narnia
and The Space Trilogy
and his nonfiction, such as Mere Christianity
and The Problem of Pain
Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien
, and both authors were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings
For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition.
Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
It is Christ|Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him.
In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.