As you know if you've been listening to our weeklong tribute on BreakPoint Radio, today marks the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis's death. It also marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death, which, now as then, is getting more attention from the majority of the world. But I've noticed something interesting. . . .
While most of the JFK tributes have been marked by sadness, the Lewis ones are remarkable for a sense of joy and gratitude -- feelings he continues to inspire in those of us who have been uplifted and blessed by his life and work.
(For an interesting and insightful experience, read Peter Kreeft's play "Between Heaven and Hell," which imagines a post-death meeting and discussion among Lewis, Kennedy, and Aldous Huxley, who also died that day.)
We'll be celebrating Lewis all day today, with several RE:news posts (there's one on Kennedy too) and a wonderful column from Kevin Belmonte that will be up soon. Other Lewis-related items worthy of note: The BBC News has a report on the unveiling of his Poets' Corner memorial stone (if you run across any pictures or video from the ceremony, please pass them along!), and the C. S. Lewis Institute is offering a free e-book, "C. S. Lewis: A Profile in Faith." And watch for our "Mere Christianity" giveaway later today. ETA: And here's one more free offer (thanks to John Stonestreet for the tip)!
As the C. S. Lewis Foundation puts it in this morning's e-mail: "In 'Living the Legacy' of C.S. Lewis, we at the Foundation don't seek to idolize the man or merely to memorialize him, but rather we see Lewis as a model of someone who lived as a Christian in higher education and who used his imagination and intellect in the service of Christ."