It seems to me that based on the article, what made C.S. Lewis successful was his use of intuition, imagination, and emotion with reason and logic. The mindset of modernity which results to the disenchantment of the world robbed people who subscribed to it the awe and wonder which they once had.
The advantage of us with the Christian worldview is that we can help those who don’t in making sense of their experiences in God’s universe. After all, whichever worldview they subscribe to which they use in seeing the world in the phenomenal sense, it’ll be hard for them to reconcile whatever they see or practice in God’s universe in a noumenal sense.
Since we are all made as thinking and feeling creatures, and we reside in God’s universe, we can help connect with others through common experiences we have and also based on our longings or aspirations.
This reminds me of Abdu Murray’s talk here in the Philippines in the Intentional Discipleship Conference. He used a quote from Blaise Pascal:
“Men despise religion, they hate it and are afraid it might be true. To cure that we have to begin by showing that religion is not contrary to reason. That it is worthy of veneration and should be given respect. Next it should be made lovable, should make the good wish it were true. Then show that it is indeed true.”
Let me give an example from his talk. He talked about Christianity affirming the grand central question of worldviews. One of them was secular humanism. The grand central question for the worldview is objective human value or worth. We can use the secular humanist’s affirmation of the essential dignity of man to let them see how the Christian view far outweighs their view in making sense of man’s intrinsic worth. In his talk, Abdu cited Lawrence Krauss to show that for Krauss, man is on a cosmic scale like pollution, and Richard Dawkins to show that man’s sole reason for living is for propagating DNA. This is something which is contrary to our common sense and experience.
Even if we are not speaking on a worldview level explicitly with a person, we can use anything we have which we see that others could relate to. One example I could think of is the musical The Greatest Showman. I have a number of friends who have watched it and they really loved the songs.
Let’s say for example, a friend confesses of his feeling of not being satisfied with whatever he is getting in life. He thought that getting something he had dreamed for so long will complete him, but he still feels empty. Since I know that he loves the musical, I would relate it with Jenny Lind’s song in the movie, Never Enough. I believe he will be able to resonate with the lyrics, since it said that without the other person sharing the dream with Jenny, all the shine of a thousand spotlights, all the stars they steal from the night sky, towers of gold, and holding the world will never be enough.
I believe this could be used to let them further understand what idolatry is, and how it cannot deliver its promised salvation. In a sense, it could be used as a bridge for theological discussions where we can point what can truly satisfy the unquenchable thirst which they could not identify.