In explaining why C. S. Lewis wasn’t more popular among American Christians in the 1960s, Alister McGrath wrote this:
What evangelical would want to be associated with someone who smoked heavily, drank copious quantities of beer, and held views on the Bible, the Atonement, and purgatory which were out of place in the evangelical community of that age?
I love it!
This came from Alister McGrath’s excellent biography of C.S. Lewis (p. 365). If you haven’t read it yet, click the link above to get a copy from Amazon. It is the best biography on Lewis I have ever read.