Before the holidays I was reading a short biography of C.S. Lewis called, Not A Tame Lion, which does a good job of integrating Lewis’ life and writing themes. I was amazed at how well his writings hold up in the 21st century; his arguments and discussions continue to be relevant and potent responses to the claims of materialism and naturalism. Shortly after that I came across this article on the CNN site about the enduring legacy of Lewis. It chronicles the continued popularity of Lewis after 50 years.
For myself, I think the endurance of ideas says something about their truth. In a free society good ideas survive while bad ones fade away. I think the perseverance of an idea is an indication of its ability to accurately describe reality and human experience – and its ability to help us live our lives better.
I predict in 25 years very few people will know who Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens are. They will be footnotes in philosophical skirmishes of the very early 21st century. But the words of Lewis will be as popular then as they are today, and the teachings of the person he wrote the most about, Jesus Christ, will continue to guide the lives of billions of followers.