JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley

As all of you know, today is the 50th anniversary of the assignation of John F. Kennedy.  As all of you intellectual Christians know, this is also the 50th anniversary of the death of author and theologian C.S. Lewis.  What probably few people remember is that it is also the 50th anniversary of the death of author, humanist and drug enthusiast Aldous Huxley.   Yes, they all died on the same day.  All of this brings to mind a childhood memory of my father telling me about a certain book he was reading at the time that imagined what the conversation would have been like if these three men had met that evening somewhere in the afterlife.  I recall him reading a short section of it to me.  I doubt it meant much to me then, but at this point in my life I’m wondering if he still has it and if he would lend it to me indefinitely sometime…

Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley by Peter Kreeft

On November 22, 1963, three great men died within a few hours of each other: C. S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley. All three believed, in different ways, that death is not the end of human life. Suppose they were right, and suppose they met after death. How might the conversation go? Peter Kreeft imagines their discussion as a part of The Great Conversation that has been going on for centuries. Does human life have meaning? Is it possible to know about life after death? What if one could prove that Jesus was God? With Kennedy taking the role of a modern humanist, Lewis representing Christian theism and Huxley advocating Eastern pantheism, the dialogue is lively and informative. This new edition of this classic work includes a postscript in which Kreeft describes why and how he wrote what has remained a standard of apologetic literature for a generation. He also adds an outline and index to the book as well as a never-before-published dialog in which he imagines “A World Without an Easter.” Now more than ever this book offers an animated interaction that involves not only good thinking but good drama.

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