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Praise for From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis

“Intellectually stimulating” “Spiritually nourishing” “A masterpiece”



Dr. Joel Heck’s latest book, From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis, is a detailed account of the fifteen-year journey Clive Staples Lewis took from atheism to theism and, eventually, to Christianity. Check out what others are saying about this “masterpiece.”

“I am a great admirer of Joel Heck’s philosophical insight and his diligence and thoroughness in research. In true form to the rest of his work, From Atheism to Christianity is both intellectually stimulating and spiritually nourishing and will prove to be a valuable addition to C. S. Lewis studies.”

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

Careful in his claims and meticulous about dates, influences, and sources, Heck provides readers with an accurate, insightful, and highly readable account of Lewis’s journey from cynical atheist to joyful Christian. Heck’s storytelling powers illuminate and make comprehensible the winding path that Lewis took on his way to faith.”

—Devin Brown, Professor of English, Asbury University, Author of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis (Brazos Press, 2013)

“This is a fascinatingly detailed and meticulously researched account of Lewis’s slow conversion from atheism to Christianity that traces the influence of the books he read and the friends he made.”

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

“Atheism is on the rise in our world, supported by a materialist world view. 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

“Joel Heck has made a meticulous, detailed study of C. S. Lewis’s journey from Christianity to atheism and back, providing clear and concise information about all the friends, authors, and texts that influenced him on the way. This book will be particularly invaluable to students who have to study Lewis but have little or no knowledge of philosophy or of the intellectual climate in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century.”

—Suzanne Bray, Professor of English, Lille Catholic University

“Drawing from an abundance of primary and secondary sources, Dr. Heck has provided us with the most thorough and meticulous account available of C. S. Lewis’s journey into, and then out of, atheism. Heck is the foremost authority on the chronology of Lewis’s life, tracing month by month the books and conversations that influenced Lewis’s shifts in thought. He discovers many new, heretofore overlooked sources of influence on Lewis during his fifteen-year journey to Christianity, including idealist philosophers George Berkeley and F. H. Bradley, poets Wordsworth and Herbert, and works on mysticism by Jacob Boehme, Henry More, and William James. Heck draws masterfully from Lewis’s letters, diaries, poems, and autobiographies (including The Pilgrim’s Regress). This book is an indispensable resource for any Lewis scholar and for any serious reader seeking to understand Lewis’s conversion from the inside out.”

—Robert C. Koons, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin

“Perhaps no life story communicates the path from doubt to faith better than that of C. S. Lewis. Dr. Heck has written a masterpiece about Lewis’s journey. Not only does this work reference the best scholarship on the life and work of Lewis, it also shares the heart of the author that no one should live and die without hope for salvation. In my pastoral ministry, I have watched many struggle with faith and doubt. Dr. Heck embraces that tension and uses the story of Lewis to weave the reader to a God of love. There are far too many Christian books that shame atheists for their lack of faith. Finally we have a book that is a safe and intelligent read that you can offer friends and family whom you love.”

—Rev. Jim Mueller, Senior Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Hurst, Texas

“Joel Heck’s splendid book is rich with fresh insights into the events, people, books, and ideas that influenced C. S. Lewis’s journeys to and from atheism. Never patronizing, it 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, Concordia University Wisconsin, President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society

“C. S. Lewis told the story of his fifteen-year journey from atheism to Christianity in his autobiographical books The Pilgrim’s Regress and Surprised by Joy. With careful chronology and an examination of a wide range of writings, Joel Heck brings greater clarity to this important period. His use of Lewis’s poetry and letters, among other works, fills in details and gives greater understanding of Lewis’s many influences. The resulting enhanced account of Lewis’s conversion underscores the compelling authenticity of his Christian apologetics in the context of his own faith and understanding.”

—Steven P. Mueller, Dean of Christ College, Concordia University Irvine, Author of Not a Tame God: Christ in the Writings of C. S. Lewis (CPH, 2002)


To read more about From Atheism to Christianity, check out our Q&A with author Joel D. Heck and read an excerpt from Chapter 3 titled “The Chess Game Begins.”

To order From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis, visit cph.org or contact CPH at 800-325-3040.

Written by

Sarah Steiner

At CPH since 2009, Sarah Steiner was a production editor for the professional and academic book team. She worked on many academic titles, including coordinating the peer review books, and also helped out with Bible resource projects.


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