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There are many Protestants and Catholics who have been deeply affected and spiritually changed by the writings of C.S. Lewis, including many converts to Catholicism who credit C.S. Lewis for playing a significant role in their conversion. But the ironic and perplexing fact is that Lewis himself, while "Catholic" in many aspects of his faith and devotion, never became a Roman Catholic. Many have wondered why.Joseph Pearce, highly regarded literary biographer and great admirer of Lewis, is the ideal writer to try to answer that question. The relationship of Lewis to the Roman Catholic Church is an important and intriguing topic of interest to both Catholics and Protestants. Pearce delves into all the issues, questions, and factors regarding this puzzling question. He gives a broad and detailed analysis of the historical, biographical, theological, and literary pieces of this puzzle. His findings set forth the objective shape of Lewis's theological and spiritual works in their relation to the Catholic Church. This well-written book brings new insights into a great Christian writer, and it should spark lively discussion among Lewis readers and bring about a better understanding of the spiritual beliefs of C.S. Lewis.
"Joseph Pearce has tackled the great Unasked Question and produced an answer with both muscle and heart. How good an answer? Daring, authoritative, discriminating; intellectually daunting and vastly suggestive: C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church is a banquet of argument so provocative, important and inviting that the master himself would find it irresistible. What wouldn't I give to watch Lewis dig in!"- James Como
"This boook continues Joseph Pearce's masterful guided tours through twentieth-century English writers. A great assemblage of relevant data that form a penumbra full of lights on Lewisiana."
- Peter Kreeft Author, C.S. Lewis for the Third Millenium
"The question of C.S. Lewis's churchmanship won't go away, even 40 years after his death. Pearce, one of Lewis's strong allies, presents to Lewis readers an enormous amount of material which is both fascinating and germane."-Thomas Howard Author, On Being Catholic
-Thomas Howard Author, On Being Catholic
Joseph Pearce is the author of numerous literary works including Literary Converts, The Quest for Shakespeare and Shakespeare on Love, and the editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions series. His other books include literary biographies of Oscar Wilde, J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.