From Dr. Tom Woodward:
Did you know that C. S. Lewis says that, as an atheist teacher at Oxford, he was drawn into a chess match with God, who steadily maneuvered him into “checkmate”? Lewis reveals this in his autobiography “Surprised by Joy,” and God’s chess game has a bizarre turning point for Lewis’s atheism in the chapter “Checkmate.” Here’s the shock: God used another atheist teacher at Oxford to push him into the corner! Though not named, we know it was Harry Weldon (pictured here), a philosophy tutor, who remarked at the end of a brief visit that the evidence for the historicity of the Gospels was really surprisingly good. Lewis was flabbergasted to hear his fellow atheist say this. Concerning the claim that Christ had arisen, Weldon said, “It almost looks as if it had really happened once.” From there, Lewis’s path to Christ became increasingly clear and compelling. Checkmate—nudged by a fellow skeptic!