Socrates (470-399 B.C.) a famous Greek philosopher from Athens who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle. Socrates used a method of teaching by asking questions. The Greeks called this form, dialectic – starting from a thesis or a question, then discussing ideas and moving back and forth between points of view in order to determine how well ideas stand up to critical review with the ultimate principle of the dialogue being veritas – truth.

All that is not eternal is eternally forgotten. – C. S. Lewis

All that is not eternal is eternally irrelevant. – Ellis Washington (a paraphrase of C. S. Lewis)

In 1982, Professor Peter Kreeft wrote a fascinating book in dialogue style about a date that will live in infamy – Nov. 22, 1963. I want to revisit that opus in a modern light. Most Americans more than 50 years old would be able to make an intrinsic connection to that date if for no other reason than that being the date of the assassination of the exceedingly adored President John F. Kennedy (1917-63). However, there were two other famous men who died on that fateful day – each one just as notable in his own right than the beloved JFK, namely, Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), that pre-eminent scientist, writer and grandson of the indefatigable disciple of Darwinian evolution, Thomas Huxley, and C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), that august Medieval and Renaissance scholar, Cambridge professor, and foremost Christian apologist.

For the uninitiated Nov. 22, 1963, was only one date in an otherwise troublesome time geopolitically. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the U.S. had been going at full bore for almost 20 years. Satellite nations severed as the new battlefields where the Cold War became hot (the Soviet-bloc States, Israel, Korea, Germany, Vietnam, Taiwan, Bolivia, Cuba, Turkey, Argentina) – an era that metaphorically speaking had the world sitting like a powder keg ready to explode in a nuclear holocaust at any moment.

Just as the world was poised for self-annihilation, five little words were whispered from heaven like a refrain in a song that you can’t get out of your mind – “And it came to pass.” Indeed, Nov. 22, 1963, came and passed, and the world was less three men, but not just three ordinary men, three famous men, but not just three famous men, nay, but three intellectual Titans; three purveyors of three distinct worldviews or philosophy of life – Huxley (= pantheism) God is in everything and (= atheism) there is no God; Kennedy (= humanism) or the idea that man (not God) is the center of all things; C.S. Lewis (= theism) the idea that God is the center and creator of all things and will have the final word in everything at the last judgment.

{Setting: Heaven, Date: Nov. 22, 1963}

Narrator: And it came to pass that Huxley, Kennedy and C.S. Lewis died and appeared before the judgment throne of God. There also appeared at this time the sons of God, the angelic host, and Satan appeared with them. And God turned to the angel, the keeper of the Book of Life, wherein all the names were written of every person that ever lived.

Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963

God: Let the Books be opened! Aldous Huxley, come forth!

Huxley: {tentative, very afraid} Wh-wh-wh-who are you? Ar-ar-ar-are you G-G-G-God?

God: {silence}

Satan: {the accuser, the prosecutor} Huxley belongs to me now, God. Send him to me! He rejected your advocate. He mocked your Redeemer for his sins. Send him to my domain.

Huxley: {incredulous} B-B-B-But- you can’t be God. I am a pantheist. I believed god was all, all was god. God was in everything. God was an ant; god was a rock; god was a tree … god was pee; god was me; god was all in all. To cover my bases, I also believed in atheism. There is no god. You must be a figment of my imagination. … This can’t be happening to me said I to thee. You can’t be real … can’t you see?

God: Open the Book of Life!

Narrator: Here Huxley’s entire life, from the time he breached the matrix of his mother, to his last breath on earth, is played before him, before the sons of God, the angelic host, Satan and before his two other companions in death.

God: Do you deserve to rest in my paradise or hell?

Huxley: Paradise? I still can’t believe I am witnessing all of this. God, I didn’t realize that the Bible was the word of God. I thought that man wrote the Bible. That God was a myth only believed by the gullible, the ignorant and the superstitious; therefore, from my youth until now I rejected a theistic worldview. Like Judge Richard A. Posner I believed that “nothing could be ascertained or ascertainable outside of one’s own sensory perceptions.”

God: Since you failed to believe in anything outside of your sensory perceptions, you willingly rejected my offer of salvation through mine only begotten Son. I AM that I AM, and besides me there is none other. Now, Huxley, tell me who was your god in the other realm?

Huxley: It was Charles Darwin. Darwin was my god. His book, “The Origin of Species,” was my Bible. My grandfather, Thomas Huxley, was Darwin’s most devoted and fanatical disciple, and he meticulously indoctrinated me in the philosophy of atheism, naturalism and scientism. I believed with all my mind in Darwin’s theory of the materialistic origins of all matter through the naturalistic process of evolution, natural selection and material generation; that evolutionary phenomena took place very slowly, over billions and billions of years. To me and my generation, God was irrelevant. Like that brilliant German philosopher, Nietzsche, I believed the big lie of my era that “God is dead.”

God: Indeed. Am I dead? {profound silence} You are a scientist, are you not? Why then would you believe such theories, such obscene lies, without empirical evidence?

Huxley: Lord, because evolution satisfied my own twisted ideas of how things ought to be. Evolution beguiled us. Evolution complied with my generation’s perverted ideas of hedonism. Through evolution, I sought selfish pleasures at every opportunity and didn’t care whom I hurt along the way. Yet, we were not content. We wanted more, more, more! We wanted a “scientific” justification to indulge our hedonistic lusts, to commit fornication at-will and found it in the damnable lie of evolutionary theory which was now legitimized by the new high priests of the 20th century – university presidents, provosts, deans and their brownshirts – the false prophets we called “professors,” who all lived and worked in the pagan temple we called “The Academy.”

God: Judgment passed. Kennedy, come forth! {turning to the angel} Open the Book of Life!

Narrator: Like Huxley before him, here Kennedy’s entire life is replayed before him, before the sons of God, the angelic host, Satan, and before his two other companions in death. Every jot and tittle of his life is reviewed from his breach from the matrix of his mother, to the assassin’s bullet which seized his brief, mythical life.

God: Do you deserve to rest in my paradise or hell?

John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

Kennedy: Lord, like Huxley, I categorically rejected the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Although I was born Catholic, church was just a meaningless tradition that made my mother and America’s mothers feel good. God, the Bible, church were all irrelevant to my worldview. I was my own god, and as “god” I lusted for power. I lusted for women. I even dated a Russian spy. Later, I dated a Hollywood starlet and during pillow talk told both of them sensitive national secrets that potentially could have put millions of American lives in jeopardy.

Lord God, I lied incessantly. I did all manner of infamy to stay in power. I made treacherous deals with the mafia to get elected president, then immediately appointed my brother, RFK as my attorney general to prosecute the mafia in a series of highly publicized hearings. What did I care? I was from one of the richest, most powerful and politically connected families in America. I was educated at the best schools – Choate Preparatory, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford. What did I need God for? I believed in humanism – that man was the center of all things. I loved living my life, my lie. My way. My theme song, which “Ole Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra himself sang at my presidential coronation, was indeed my worldview – I did it my way.

But there was more infamy: the PT Boat 109 affair of World War II. My father, “Mr. Fix,” pressured his contacts in the liberal propaganda media and turned my appalling catastrophe – into an occasion where the Navy brass awarded me a prestigious medal for heroism, and that is why I never spoke of that medal in public. Despite my father’s Machiavellian tactics, I knew I didn’t deserve that military honor. It was all a sham; a very pathetic spectacle indeed designed for me to be my father’s surrogate and to fulfill his perverted ambition to be president of the United States.

And there was more infamy. We were taught by our father, Joseph Sr., that the world revolved around the Kennedy Klan. Kennedy’s could do anything. Kennedy’s could be anything. Kennedy’s could have anything our hearts lusted after. It was all a lie. This tragic lie brought a generational curse upon all Kennedys that exists even until this day. {pause}

Satan: {the accuser and with bitter sarcasm} Kennedy used you God! To him Lord you were only a tag line his handlers inserted at the end of his speeches to placate the gullible masses; the “useful idiots” who worshipped Kennedy because he was young, tall, rich, strong, handsome, a Harvard graduate and had the most glamorous wife in the world. Yes, he is indeed a KENNEDY! Send him to my domain, Lord. He belongs to me now! Kennedy despised your advocate. Kennedy has no Redeemer for his sins.

God: Judgment passed. C.S. Lewis, come forth! Open the Book of Life!

Narrator: Like Huxley and Kennedy before him, C.S. Lewis’ entire life, when he breached the matrix of his mother to his last breath, is played before him, the sons of God, the angelic host, Satan and his two other companions in death.

God: Do you deserve to rest in my paradise or hell?

C.S. Lewis, 1898-1963

C.S. Lewis: Lord, I definitely deserve hell!

Huxley & Kennedy: {incredulous, in unison} What?! But this cannot be! We know about the life of C.S. Lewis after he gave his heart to Christ as his Savior. We know about how C.S. Lewis became one of the greatest champions of theism –the philosophy that God is the center of all things. We know about how C.S. Lewis was the expert in Christian apologetics. We know about how C.S. Lewis bested in debate every atheist, agnostic, socialist, communist, liberal and academic that ever dared to challenge him. We know about his brilliant mind and how C.S. Lewis wrote many, many, many great books proclaiming to the world the verity of Judeo-Christian thought and that all others philosophies of man – paganism, liberalism, fatalism, deism, relativism, positivism, hedonism, evolution, communism, socialism, egalitarianism, scientism, atheism, agnosticism, cultism, naturalism, feminism, Islam and all forms of pseudo-Christianity, were deceptions from the father of all lies, Satan, which C.S. Lewis systematically refuted, point by point, line by line, precept by precept … How can Lewis deserve to go to hell?

Satan: {profound silence}

God: “It is written there is none righteous, no not one.” (Romans 3:10) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:23).

Huxley & Kennedy: You mean none of those other “isms” will get us into heaven? – Not Huxley’s pantheism? Not atheism? Not Kennedy humanism? Not hedonism? Not any of the great works we have done on behalf of humanity!?

C.S. Lewis: I remember George MacDonald telling me on one occasion –”No, there is no escape. There is no heaven with a little of hell in it – No place to retain this or that of the devil in our hearts or our pockets. Out Satan must go, every hair and feather!”

Christ: It is written, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). As a man, C.S. Lewis is no better than Huxley or Kennedy, nor any other person in the world including the most wicked men that ever lived – Nimrod, Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Haman, Attila the Hun, Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, the Iranian Mullahs, Osama bin Laden. C.S. Lewis believed my words, and thus will enjoy eternal life. You believed in your own gods for salvation which cannot deliver and therefore will suffer eternal damnation in the abyss, in hell and finally in the lake of fire, for you have no advocate to defend your case, no Redeemer for your sins.

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