As we Americans (as well as many others) pause today to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (pictured at right), some of us also will be remembering that on that same date in 1963 the great Christian author and scholar C.S. (Jack) Lewis (pictured at left) died.
Religion News Service has done this good piece about the two Jacks and their approaches to faith. I commend it to you.
My recollection of the time is that the Kennedy murder so dominated the news that it was several days before I, then a college freshman, learned of the death of Lewis.
I'm not sure the Lewis death would have registered heavily on me at the time because it wasn't until several years after his death that I really began to read much of Lewis' work. For instance, I was well into adulthood before I ever spent much time with his Narnia chronicles.
And on American TV and radio that sad weekend in 1963, there simply was no news other than the JFK death and all that followed.
These anniversaries of public events affect many people in ways we rarely think about. For instance, Kennedy and Lewis died the day before my oldest sister's 25th birthday, so every year since then the shadow of these deaths -- especially Kennedy's -- has hovered at least a little over Karin's birthday. It hasn't caused my other sisters and me to celebrate the remarkable Karin any less, but it has made us keenly aware of everyone's mortality.
So if you know Karin and can do the math, feel free to acknowledge her big day tomorow. And to stare in awe today at what we must again acknowledge is the awesome power of death.
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WHEN RELIGION DRAGS ITS FEET
The Church of England finally is moving toward having female bishops. One more case of the church following where it should lead.
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P.S.: My latest Presbyterian Outlook column now is online. To read it, click here.