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He Was Made for Another World: C.S. Lewis (1898–1963)

by John Piper

According to Peter Kreeft, “Clive Staples Lewis was not a man: he was a world” (C.S. Lewis: A Critical Essay, 4).

That is the kind of accolade you read again and again in books about C.S. Lewis. Which means there must have been something extraordinary about the man. Indeed, there was.

Speaking personally, ever since I began to take Lewis seriously in my early twenties — along with his Reformed counterpart, Jonathan Edwards — I have never been the same. I don’t see myself as an imitator of Lewis. In his ability to see and think and feel, he was almost without peer. His capacities to see and feel the freshness and wonder of things were childlike, and his capacities to describe it and understand it and defend it were massively manly.

So I can’t imitate Lewis, but I can listen. And I have been listening for decades, and what I have heard echoes almost everywhere in my life and work. His influence is simply enormous…

He Was Made for Another World: C.S. Lewis (1898–1963)


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