Michael Gerson: Remembering C.S. Lewis, the other great man who died today

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    Kennedy willed and led us to the moon. He was a leader, as opposed to a legislator. On the other hand, Lewis did admonish the religious to mind their own business and not get too haughty about themselves. That's pretty great, too.

  • phramahaphil Saint George, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    Kennedy was not a great man, he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and opportunity was laid in his lap. He may have been a great writer/speaker, but I suspect history may have seen him as an average president if he had not been murdered in Dallas 50 years ago.

    In a side by side comparison of character, I would take Lewis any day.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 22, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    C.S. Lewis inspires us to look for truth. He challenged us to think and to meditate. Kennedy gave us platitudes that made us feel good. Does "feeling good" change us or do we change ourselves when we realize that we were meant to be better and to do better?

    C. S. Lewis inspired the citizens of England in their darkest hour. He has inspired many of us in our darkest hour.

    If given a choice of having one book on a deserted island, I would choose any of C. S. Lewis's books over Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage". Kennedy wrote an excellent book, but C. S. Lewis wrote things that we need to think about. "Needing to think" is the first part of "changing". Those who live as Kennedy lived, will look back with sorrow knowing that they used others for their personal gratification. Those who live as C. S. Lewis lived, will rise above their carna immaturity and grow into something inspiring.

    Isn't that the goal that we should seek, to become better and to treat people as the noble sons and daughters of God that they are instead of using them for personal pleasure?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 4:35 a.m.

    John F. Kennedy was a great man. C. S. Lewis was an author.