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From Atheism to Christianity - The Story of C.S. Lewis

Follow the story of C. S. Lewis as he transformed from passionate atheist to confident Christian.

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Immerse yourself in the
life of C. S. Lewis

This is the story of how one of the world’s most famous atheists became one of its most famous Christians.

From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis is the spiritual homecoming story of Clive Staples Lewis, a careful and thoughtful scholar who spent fifteen years journeying the long road from atheism to theism and, eventually, to Christianity. Drawing from Lewis’s own writings, as well as those he sought out during his quest for spiritual understanding, From Atheism to Christianity highlights the longing, reluctance, searching, and surrender that defined these years of Lewis’s life and provides answers to the questions that surround this profound character:

  • What attracted Lewis to atheism and eventually Christianity?
  • How did he leave atheism behind?
  • Why did his journey take fifteen years?
  • Who influenced his thought during those years?
  • What authors did he read, and whom did he interact with and confide in?

Explore the most tumultuous and defining years of C. S. Lewis’s life, gathering clues that reveal the meaning of life for contemporary atheists and theists—all from the perspective of one who knew both atheism and Christianity from the inside. 

“Many other atheists of the twentieth century are well-known both for their expertise in their fields and for being atheists . . . but none of them has captured the minds and imaginations of people like C. S. Lewis, whose influence far sur­passes any of these individuals, and perhaps even all of them combined.”

(From the Preface)

“Atheism is on the rise in our world, supported by a materialist worldview. Nevertheless, my experience reveals that few have actually thought through the overwhelming philosophical and theological problems with atheism. Perhaps no one in the last one hundred years wrestled with this issue more reasonably and poignantly than C. S. Lewis as he moved from unbelief to faith. Perhaps no one has explained the route Lewis took in that process better than Joel Heck. Heck is one of the best Lewis scholars in the world and an informative guide. I highly recommend this book!”
—Jerry Root, Professor of Evangelism, Wheaton College

“A fascinatingly detailed and meticulously researched account.”

Peter S. Williams, Co-editor of C. S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner (Cascade, 2016) and Author of C. S. Lewis vs. the New Atheists (Paternoster, 2013)

“Should be widely read by both atheists and theists who want a deeper  understanding of the dynamics of belief and unbelief.”

Angus Menuge, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin and President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society

“Intellectually stimulating and spiritually nourishing.”

David C. Downing, R. W. Schlosser Professor of English, Elizabethtown College


Dr. Joel D. Heck

Dr. Joel D. Heck teaches courses on C. S. Lewis, Old and New Testament, and Reformation history at Concordia University Texas. He is the author or editor of fourteen books and dozens of articles, several of which are about C. S. Lewis. He also maintains a website on C. S. Lewis at www.joelheck.com. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Cheryl. They have three grown children.

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