Three famous men died on Nov. 22, 1963. The one getting the most attention, understandably, is John F. Kennedy. Less so the other two: Aldous Huxley, author of the futuristic novel "Brave New World," and Clive Staples Lewis.
Of the three, it was Lewis who not only was the most influential of his time, but whose reach extends to these times and likely beyond. His many books continue to sell and the number of people whose lives have been changed by his writing expands each year.
On the 50th anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis remains perhaps the 20th century's most towering intellectual practitioner of the Christian faith. Lewis combined humility -- rare among those who have achieved fame -- with a style that relied less on argumentation than on logic and persuasion. He asks readers to join him on a journey he himself has taken and, like a tour guide, shows us a better world and a better life than the one he describes in "The Chronicles of Narnia" as being "always winter, but never Christmas."
A friend of mine once said, "Humility is so light a grace that once you think you've achieved it, you've lost it." In so many places -- from Washington to Hollywood -- people have never had to worry about losing humility, because most have never possessed it. And that is said in all humility.
It is a major reason, I think, why Pope Francis is enjoying so much favorable attention, including from non-Catholics and even non-Christians. The pope exudes humility in the style of Mother Teresa. There is a natural -- or supernatural -- attraction to such people because it is a quality most know they should have, but are unsure where to find it. Many refuse to even embark on the journey.
While no one has ever been argued to faith, C.S. Lewis provided a considerable number of arguments to counter those who do not share his beliefs.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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