Remembering November 22, 1963: JFK, C. S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley


Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. What many people do not know is that on that fateful day, two other “world leaders” also died—C. S. Lewis (Christian apologist and children’s literary giant) and Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World and many other works).

In college, I came across these three fact from the book Between Heaven and Hell by Peter Kreeft. In that book, Kreeft imagines a conversation between JFK, Lewis, and Huxley. It is a compelling look into three different worldviews. Honestly, I cannot remember how the book ends—that is who goes to heaven and who doesn’t—according to Kreeft. But sitting fifty years out from these men’s deaths, Andrew Wilson captures the difference in less than 140 characters:

In memorial of November 22, 1963 and the deaths of John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, and Alduous Huxley, here are a number of links furnished by Joe Carter, Albert Mohler, and a few others to help us make sense of these men’s lasting legacies.

Fifty Years After JFK’s Assassination. Albert Mohler reflects on the respective worldviews of Kennedy, Huxley, and Lewis. (The Briefing)

‘Brave New World’ was a Timely Warning. Allan Massie gives a brief accounting of Alduous Huxley, his Brave New World, and how Huxley’s vision is coming to fruition in the twenty-first century. (The Telegraph)

9 Things You Should Know About C.S. Lewis. In short order, Joe Carter gives us a Lewis trivia that range from his writing, to his friends, to his fondness for nicknames.(The Gospel Coalition)

The Tale of C. S. Lewis’ Imaginative Legacy. Dan Dewitt, Dean of Boyce College, explains how the ‘Elvis of evangelicalism,’ C. S. Lewis abandoned (writing) theology in order to capture the hearts and minds of readers with his most effective medium—literary fiction. (Southern Blog)

Finally, for those who want to go deeper, let me encourage you to pick up the illuminating book I mentioned at the beginning: Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley.

Soli Deo Gloria, dss