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Lewis's faith

Lewis's faith

Postby Paige » 18 Jan 2006, 19:24

In his childhood, when did he become a Christan? On the website it said he lost his childhood faith, but never said when he first became a Christian.
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Postby A#minor » 18 Jan 2006, 19:46

Try looking in Bio.

1931 - Lewis became a Christian: One evening in September, Lewis had a long talk on Christianity with J.R.R. Tolkien (a devout Roman Catholic) and Hugo Dyson. That evening's discussion was important in bringing about the following day's event that Lewis recorded in Surprised by Joy: "When we [Warnie and Jack] set out [by motorcycle to the Whipsnade Zoo] I did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did."
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re: Lewis's faith

Postby Paige » 18 Jan 2006, 19:52

Thanks for your effort, but I already knew that. It does say that, but is there anything about when he was a christian in his childhood. I was just wondering, because I'm writing a research paper on him. By the way, I am using that in my paper.
It did say that he "abandoned his childhood faith". I was just wondering when that "childhood faith" began.
Thanks anyways!
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Postby Tony » 18 Jan 2006, 19:59

He never really had faith in the true sense of the word. What he had was more a child's wonder and naive understanding of who God was and what He was like.

Lewis talks about this playfully in his spiritual autobiography Surprised By Joy.

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re: Lewis's faith

Postby A#minor » 18 Jan 2006, 20:00

I don't think that "childhood faith" is actually referring to any definite statement of faith from Jack in his youth. It just means that his family was religious and took him to church.
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re: Lewis's faith

Postby Paige » 18 Jan 2006, 20:02

Thank you!
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Postby Leslie » 18 Jan 2006, 21:07

In Surprised by Joy, in chapter 2, "Concentration Camp," Lewis says "But I have not yet mentioned the most important thing that befell me at Oldie's [the school he attended at age 10]. There first I became an effective believer." He goes on to describe how he began to practice Christianity.
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Postby carol » 19 Jan 2006, 06:05

Children in UK did not have childhood conversions, in Lewis' day. People went to church as a social convention, and took their children.
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Re: re: Lewis's faith

Postby john » 19 Jan 2006, 08:54

carol wrote:Children in UK did not have childhood conversions, in Lewis' day. People went to church as a social convention, and took their children.


You make it sound as though this doesn't happen anymore. :)
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re: Lewis's faith

Postby carol » 20 Jan 2006, 04:35

It is not as widespread these days - people stay home on Sunday mornings as a social convention! Or perhaps go out to visit friends, go shopping, go for a drink, play sport, or work.
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re: Lewis's faith

Postby Arwen » 03 Mar 2006, 21:44

interesting
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Re: re: Lewis's faith

Postby Pete » 13 Mar 2006, 05:57

carol wrote:It is not as widespread these days - people stay home on Sunday mornings as a social convention! Or perhaps go out to visit friends, go shopping, go for a drink, play sport, or work.


But that, and the fact that most children went to church in the early decades of the 20th centure in no way means that childhood conversions didn't happen in Lewis's day. ;)
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