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“This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously.”
For a growing number of us, Lewis occupies a class to himself. Few, if any, have taught us so much about this world, and the next, save the Scriptures. If you’d like to take him seriously, and with the smile and warmth he requests, start with his “Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” “The Abolition of Man,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” or just about anything you can find with his name as author. His writings are pervasively thoughtful, engaging, provoking and rewarding. He will not disappoint.
David Mathis is an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and executive editor at desiringGod.org. He wrote this article for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., and it was distributed by MCT Information Services.
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