“Any effort to develop a concentrated church-wide united practice of evangelism is doomed to failure because in fact there is no common faith among us.”
C. S. Lewis was one of the two internationally famous theologians which Ireland has produced in its long embrace of the Christian tradition. The other was John Scotus Erigena. I find Lewis an intriguing figure as I seek to come to terms with what it means to engage in evangelism in our contemporary Western culture. Even a cursory reading of Lewis reveals a network of proposals which deserve the closest attention. In fact, it is a great pity that those interested in the conversion or evangelization of the West have paid next to no attention to Lewis and what he has to say to us. I can think of at least two reasons why this is the case.