CS Lewis refusing to be publicly honoured

A freedom of information request has led to the disclosure of people who declined official honours from the Queen as part of the British honour system. I was interested to notice that among them was CS Lewis. Lewis turned down a CBE in 1952. No reason is given.

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2 thoughts on “CS Lewis refusing to be publicly honoured

  1. Hi Tim,

    Keller has written a fascinating article on why


    Basically if he took the Honours then people would think he was a Christian for political reasons or those from the other political wing than Churchill (the left) would reject Lewis’ genuine faith – especially as it would have given him ‘perks.’

    So he turned it down so that he would be witness. Impressive!


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