1898 – 1963
“Jack”, as he was often called, became the greatest and most influential writer of the last century, almost without rival. His works include fiction such as Narnia and The Outer Space Trilogy, and while they may be the most well-known, his most important works are his Theological books. He always considered himself a lay-theologian, just a body in the pews of the great Anglican Church. Yet he wrote masterful works full of logic and brilliance such as Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, and a multitude of others.
He would not be accepted in the circles of most churches because he did not truly believe in the inerrancy of Scripture and depended on logic over exegeses (interpreting things based on the Bible). He also had a strange view of the afterlife which resembles Universalism and a strange form of Purgatory (the source of many such ideas came from his hero, George MacDonald). He also spoke little about sin and the necessity of Christ, which is very unfortunate; instead he preferred a moralistic Christianity (The idea that looking like a Christian is the best for society, with little care for personal transformation. But I truly believe he was saved).
But all men are men of their times, and his conversion out of atheism and his transformation into a lover of God is a testament to Grace. All men, even great men of the faith, have faults, even enormous ones. But, in our weaknesses God is made powerful, so let God do the judging.