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Conversion to Christianity

1929 - 1931

Lewis had rejected the Christian faith of his parents as a teenager to become an atheist, but beginning as early as age 16, upon discovering the fantasy works of Congregationalist George MacDonald, then meeting Catholic J. R. R. Tolkien in 1926, he underwent a period of conversion marked primarily by his own struggle against it. By the summer of 1929, he had given up atheism, and in 1931, after a long discussion with Tolkien and another friend, Hugo Dyson, he converted to Christianity. He was subsequently a committed member of the Anglican church until his death.

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C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia,…

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