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Listen, or Watch: West and McLean on Science, C. S. Lewis’s Journey, and More

Photo: Max McLean as C. S. Lewis, via The Most Reluctant Convert.

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John West conducted a most interesting interview for ID the Future with actor Max McLean, who plays C. S. Lewis in the upcoming theatrical release The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C. S. Lewis. The movie will screen in theaters nationwide (also in Canada) on November 3. What do Lewis and his spiritual journey have to do with intelligent design, or evolution? Several points emerge in the conversation: among them the impact that a passage from Darwin’s Autobiography may have had on Lewis’s thinking. Dr. West may be the first to have noticed the significant underlining there that Lewis did in his copy of the book. Also, an insight that McLean notes from Lewis on the role of apologetic and other arguments in forming or maintaining faith. No one gets talked into belief in an ultimate meaning behind the universe. Or anyway, that is very rare. However, the absence of intellectual, philosophical, or scientific reasons for faith — when spokesmen for faith don’t even try to offer such reasons — now, that can be devastating. Download the podcast or listen to it here. You call also watch the interview below.

For more on Lewis and his thinking on science and scientism, check out our C. S. Lewis YouTube channel or our C. S. Lewis website.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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