Former atheist CS Lewis was once a “vigorous debunker of Christianity.” An actor reveals what imploded this worldview
Legendary Christian writer and thinker CS Lewis has gone from a “vigorous debunking of Christianity” to one of the most transformative and apologetic voices of faith in history.
But most people today are far more familiar with her bestselling books like “Mother Christianity” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” than the finer details of her fascinating journey of faith.
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Almost 60 years after Lewis’s death, this spiritual development is getting a new look through the popular new film, “The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of CS Lewis. “
Actor Max McLean, who plays Lewis in the film, recently told Faithwire about the author’s astonishing transformation from “diehard atheist” to Christian apologist.
“[Lewis] lost his mother to cancer at the age of 9, he had a terrible relationship with his fatherâ¦ and he also experienced a butchery being in the trenches of World War I, âMcClean said. “And he came to the conclusion after that that either there is no God behind the universe, a God who is indifferent to good and evil – or worse, an evil God.”
But as we know: this was hardly the end of Lewis’s spiritual journey. He eventually came to accept Christ and make some of the best and most convincing arguments for God and the Bible. Watch McLean explain:
McLean said Lewis is, in some ways, a “paradox” because he was a private man who had so many public proclamations that spanned decades and transformed lives.
âNot only does he explore things spiritually and emotionally, but he connects them intellectually so that there is no bifurcation between the spiritual and the emotional,â he said.
McLean also detailed the impact of Lewis’ legacy on his own life. The actor said he was an adult convert to Christianity and that the legendary author helped him, by reading and studying his works, “navigate the Christian faith in a deep way – it’s profound “.
âLewis is helping me stay on track,â he said.
McLean is in a unique position, as the actor has repeatedly adapted Lewis’s works for the theatrical scene for two decades now, using his acting skills to bring living spiritual writings to life.
Given Lewis’ literary legacy, it’s no surprise that his story, told through “The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of CS Lewis,” resonates. The film continues to expand to 200 theaters across America and has grossed over $ 2.5 million – a stunning showing to say the least.
McLean said the reaction was a “wonderful surprise” as the film was only due to air one night on November 3. Now, the film will run in various markets until at least November 25.
Learn more about the film here.
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