President John F. Kennedy and author C.S. Lewis died on the same day 50 years ago, Nov. 22, 1963.
Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and Lewis died at his home in England. Both had a huge impact on religion, one that’s felt greatly today.
By defeating Richard Nixon in 1960, Kennedy became the first Catholic president of the United States. Lewis, on the other hand, underwent a conversion to Christianity at age 33 and wrote one of the greatest books of all time, “Mere Christianity.”
Kennedy’s legacy has been debated for decades now by political scholars. What would he have done if he’d been president for two terms? How would he have impacted the future of American life if not killed at age 46?
“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal,” he said.
Lewis’ life was a full one, with more than 40 books written in his career. The book “Mere Christianity” was a collection of radio broadcasts Lewis delivered during World War II. It was the perfect case study for believing in Christ.
- “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
- “When you are arguing with Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.”
- “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
Lewis is also well known for “The Chronicles of Narnia.” The book series sold more than 100 million copies in 40 countries. He was regarded as an expert on Medieval and Renaissance English literature.
As the world remembers Kennedy, it should surely remember Lewis as well. Through Lewis, the Word of God is easier to understand and put in perspective.