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C.S. Lewis: The Story of His Journey to Faith and Christian Apologist w/ Harry Lee Poe (Transcript)

Full text of discussion titled ‘C.S. Lewis: The Story of His Journey to Faith and Christian Apologist’ with Harry Lee Poe. Why was C.S. Lewis formerly an atheist? What arguments and experiences convinced him to change his mind, and which people played a key role in his conversion? In this interview, Sean Mcdowell talk with author and expert Harry Lee Poe about his latest book: THE MAKING OF C.S. LEWIS: FROM ATHEIST TO APOLOGIST.

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SEAN MCDOWELL: What is the story of C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest apologists not only of the 20th century, but really of all time? Why did he move from an atheist to a Christian? What were the arguments and experiences he had that shaped his life? What lessons can we learn from him for today?

Well, that’s what we’re going to explore in this program, and I don’t know anybody more qualified to talk about the conversion of C.S. Lewis than our guest today, Dr. Harry Lee Poe, who goes by Hal, has a fascinating new book. It’s over 300 pages. He did a massive amount of research on his life and his story, and it’s called The Making of C.S. Lewis. Thanks for taking the time not only to do the research for that book, but for coming on and joining me on the show.

HARRY LEE POE: Thanks, Sean. It’s good to be with you.

SEAN MCDOWELL: So the story begins where C.S. Lewis is an undergrad, and he’s a materialist, kind of a staunch atheist. Before we get into his conversion, what led him to that point being an atheist at roughly, say, around 20 years old?

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HARRY LEE POE: It had been quite a few years in the making. Lewis had a happy childhood, but his mother died of cancer when he was nine years old, and that was the first big blow to his view of religion, a child’s view of religion. And so why didn’t God keep his mother alive? And he came from a religious family. His mother’s father was the rector of their church, and her grandfather was a bishop. So there’s a long religious tradition in the family.

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