New Documentary Explores C.S. Lewis's Struggle Over Intelligent Design

By Boaz Wadel

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis's death, a new documentary is being released exploring the beloved Christian writer's life-long struggle to find intelligent design in a world filled with cruelty, pain, and imperfection.

The documentary "C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design" premieres today on the NRB cable and satellite network and the YouTube C.S. Lewis Channel. The documentary was inspired by a book edited by Dr. John West titled The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society.

"C.S. Lewis is well-known for defending the existence of God, but he actually struggled for much of his life to see purpose in a universe that often seemed cold and heartless," says West. "In 'C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design,' we explore the fascinating story of how Lewis became persuaded that design in nature was real."

"One of the things that may surprise some viewers is just how angry Lewis's atheism could be in his earlier years, including a little-known poem about nature he wrote around the time of World War I titled 'Satan Speaks.'"

In addition to West, the documentary features interviews with noted Lewis experts Angus Menuge, editor of C.S. Lewis: Lightbearer in the Shadowlands, and Victor Reppert, author of C.S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea. It also contains footage of from an interview with the late Antony Flew, one of the world's leading atheists who knew Lewis and who later came to believe in God before his death. 

Best remembered today for his Narnian stories and books on theology like Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis also was a renowned scholar of Medieval and Renaissance English literature, first at Oxford University and later at Cambridge University. His books have reportedly sold more than 200 million copies. On Nov. 22, he will be honored with a memorial at the renowned Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, London, placing him alongside other distinguished English writers such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and T.S. Eliot.

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