The Corner

An Important Anniversary

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the death not just of President Kennedy but also–amazing coincidence–of two of the 20th century’s greatest writers: C.S. Lewis, who helped bring millions of people to Christianity, and Aldous Huxley, who warned eloquently of the dehumanizing trends in modern life. One of the most fascinating religious books I have ever read takes this coincidence as its starting point. In Between Heaven and Hell,

Peter Kreeft imagines a conversation among these three men: Kennedy, as the embodiment of secular reason; Huxley, as the believer in an impersonal God; and Lewis, as the believer in Christianity. Kreeft is always worth reading, but this book is especially interesting for its fair presentation of three worldviews

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