The Oxbridge Evangelist: Motivations, Practices, and Legacy of C.S. Lewis (Paperback)Michael J. Gehring (author)
Paperback 262 Pages / Published: 30/11/2017
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In The Oxbridge Evangelist: Motivations, Practices, and Legacy of C.S. Lewis, Michael Gehring examines the evangelistic practices of one of the most significant lay evangelists of the twentieth century. In the 1930s, his contemporaries would never have predicted the scope of the legacy that Lewis was to leave behind him. Although millions across the world have been influenced by Lewis's evangelical thought, Lewis scholarship has not paid sufficient attention to this crucial side of this multi-faceted author. The Oxbridge Evangelist examines Lewis's loss and recovery of faith, and it shows how his experience heightened his own awareness of the loss of the Christian faith in England. Because of his ability to identify with others, Lewis engaged in the work of evangelism with uncanny skill. This work required singular courage on his part; it cost him dearly professionally and in his relationships. Gehring critically explores Lewis's motivations, practices, and legacy of evangelism. In doing so he provides penetrating insight for those interested in the theory and practice of evangelism in a culture that too readily leaves it to the crazies of the Christian tradition or relegates it to the margins of church life.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 262
Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 14 mm
"Meet C.S. Lewis the brilliant, unashamed evangelist for orthodox Christianity. Nobody has done a better job than Lewis of addressing thoughtful, intelligent readers with the claims of Christ. And nobody has done a better job than Michael Gehring in presenting a loving but honest portrait of a flawed but brilliant man whom God used in a remarkable way. Gehring shows how Lewis deftly spread the gospel in environs thought to be impervious to the gospel. A joy to read." WILL WILLIMON, United Methodist Bishop, retired; Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School "In this fascinating and engagingly written book, Michael Gehring takes the complex and multi-faceted C.S. Lewis and turns his life like a jewel under a lamp. Flashes of light and insight sparkle on every page. The literature on Lewis is vast, but even so, Gehring adds something new and fresh to the story of how a man so full of twists and turns, contradictions and surprises, became one of the most beloved and influential evangelists for Christianity in modern times. A must-read!" THOMAS G. LONG, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University "In this meticulously researched book, Michael Gehring searches out underlying motivations that compelled C.S. Lewis, a respected Oxford don at the time of his conversion, to risk academic status and personal privacy in zealous pursuit of a vocation of Christian evangelism. ... I learned so much from this book." ROBERT C. DYKSTRA, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
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