Know someone who is struggling with his or her faith?

Posted May 11

The spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis can be encouraging for those who see loved ones struggle with the faith of their childhood, according to a college dean writing for Relevant Magazine.

Dan DeWitt of Boyce College, part of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, recently wrote about how Lewis, the author and Oxford professor who had drifted from Christianity toward atheism, "made spiritual progress by turning around and retracing his steps."

"As a young man Lewis walked away from his spiritual upbringing," DeWitt wrote. "And it took some time for him to get far enough away to stop hating it. But then he came back, close enough to learn to love it. He walked around an entire world just to come back home."

DeWitt explains how Christian apologist and journalist G.K. Chesterton was Lewis' spiritual guide, and how the famous author's story parallels the parable of the prodigal son.

"Some people might leave the faith of their childhood," DeWitt writes. "But Christians can take heart: Like the prodigal son, they may find that the far off country isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be."

Read DeWitt's column at


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