Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis is still with us. Almost every serious Christian student I have had at my university, for example, has had some familiarity with Lewis, even beyond the Narnia series. Many of those students would say that Lewis has been instrumental to the development of their faith, and a fair number would also attribute any interest in philosophy to Lewis’s influence as well.
Will the same be true in another 50 years? I suspect so: Lewis’s achievements as a defender of faith, a popular philosopher, and a novelist were timely, to be sure — but the ills that he diagnosed, and for which he hoped to provide an antidote, have become, if anything, even more entrenched in the years since. For those seeking a better way forward, then, his influence is sure to continue.