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Surprised by Joy

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01/04/2012

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For many years an atheist, C. S. Lewis vividly describes the spiritual quest that convinced him of the truth and reality of Christianity, in his famous autobiography."In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God ... perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." Thus Lewis describes memorably the crisis of his conversion.`Surprised by Joy' reveals both that crisis and its momentous conclusion that would determine the shape of Lewis's entire life.

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C. S. Lewis

Born in Ireland in 1898, Clive Staples Lewis gained a triple First at Oxford and was Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College from 1925-54, where he was a contemporary of Tolkien. In 1954 he became Professor of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge. C. S. Lewis was for many years an atheist, until his conversion, memorably described in his autobiography `Surprised by Joy': "I gave in, and admitted that God was God ... perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." He is celebrated for his famous series of children's books, the Narnia Chronicles (which have been filmed and broadcast many times), as well as his literary criticism and science fiction. C. S. Lewis died on 22nd November 1963.

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Dana Delap: Lewis describes his journey of resistance to the inexorable force of God’s love, through bereavement, atheism and military service. ‘In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in’, he writes, ‘and admitted that God was God … perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.’

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