Chuck Colson

Forty years ago, November 22, 1963 , a paralyzed world watched the horror of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a dark day in American history many of us remember. That same day two other notable personalities quietly breathed their last and exited the world almost without notice.

British writer Aldous Huxley, author of the grim, futuristic novel Brave New World, died in Los Angeles . C. S. Lewis, now regarded as the most influential Christian writer of the twentieth century, also died that day at his home in Oxford.

Historians continue to debate the significance of Kennedy’s brief, meteoric career. In life, he achieved immense global popularity. In death, he seemed a modern symbol of mythical Camelot.

Huxley was a perceptive prophet who discerned the ominous trajectory of biotechnology long before anyone else. While George Orwell in 1984 imagined a world sunk in brutal, totalitarian slavery, Huxley saw in his novel Brave New World that humanity could be designed and conditioned to mindlessly embrace slavery. Brave New World grows more plausible each year.

Meanwhile, C. S. Lewis has ascended to the highest ranks of cultural influence. His books have sold more than 200 million—with no sign of slowing down. Science-fiction buffs endlessly read and discuss his famed space trilogy. And his seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia (most of which have been made into films) continue to enchant millions of children—along with their parents and grandparents.

Through his specifically Christian writings, Lewis used logic to explore the meaning of Christianity. In Mere Christianity—which played a decisive role in my conversion to Christ—Lewis cogently explains in simple language original sin, the transcendent Creator God, and the transforming work of Jesus Christ.

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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