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Christian Reflections [Paperback]

C. S. Lewis , Walter Hooper
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26 Feb 1981
This selection of essays and papers cover subjects including ethics, historicism, Christianity and culture.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fount; New edition edition (26 Feb 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006258700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006258704
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,172,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘If you have never read it let me urge you strongly to purchase a copy.’
Kieron Moore, The Universe

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In 'Christian Reflections' C.S. Lewis brings his vast and original intellect to bear on a wealth of subjects, including ethics, historicism, Christianity and culture. This selection of essays and papers, drawn from all stages of his career, presents Lewis at his most varied and profound.

“…this collection…by one of the ablest and most persuasive propagandists of Christian orthodoxy in this country deserves the warmest of Christian welcomes on this happy reappearance. Christian readers will find here a devastating counter-attack on the ‘new morality’ and a magnificent restatement of the essence of the gospel and the faith”.
'Church Times'

“If you have never read it let me urge you strongly to buy a copy”.
KIERON MOORE, 'The Universe'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great spectrum of Christian thinking 8 Jun 2008
This book is a compilation of numerous papers by C S Lewis. While having some disagreements with one or two papers, the book is beyond value with its insights into ethics, and probably more accessible than The Abolition of Man.

Lewis has well made the case that if ethics is mere subjectivism, then there is no objective reason to bother with any other human being, and also that the only monotheism explaining why God is neither under Morality nor has prescribed an arbitrary moral system is trinitarianism: one eternal being of three eternal persons - the Eternal Society which has created humanity in its societal likeness (Imago Dei). Ie on the human level morality, relational Right & Wrong, is consonant with God's own relational structure. Lewis scotched the idea of a Christian Morality - morality is global, although different religions & philosophies each have, or have had, emphases.

When the UK & western Society is falling into moral collapse, rejecting the Dei and so undermining the Imago, the moral objectivism (de-ontological ethics) presented by Lewis is a lifeline of reasoning & sanity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good collection, but not the best 2 Sep 2001
By Rachel Simmons - Published on
Lewis's shorter works were generally originally composed as speeches or as articles for periodicals. Various sets of them were collected and published in book form both during his life and after his death. Trying to determine what works are in what collections is difficult - most works appear in more than one collection, some works appear under more than one title, and some collections appear under more than one title.
To aid readers, in this review I've listed the works in this collection, with notes indicating other collections they have appeared in. Where a work has appeared under more than one title, I give both titles separated by a slash.
Table of Contents:
Preface, by Walter Hooper (4)
"Christianity and Literature" (1), (2), (4)
"Christianity and Culture" (2), (4)
"Religion: Reality or Substitute" (2), (4)
"On Ethics" (2), (4)
"De Futilitate" (2), (4)
"The Poison of Subjectivism" (2), (4)
"The Funeral of a Great Myth" (2), (4)
"On Church Music" (2)
"Historicism" (2), (3), (4)
"The Psalms" (2), (4)
"The Language of Religion" (2), (4)
"Petitionary Prayer: A Problem Without an Answer" (2), (4)
"Fern-Seed and Elephants" / "Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism" (2), (3), (4)
"The Seeing Eye" / "Onward Christian Spacemen" (2), (4)
(1) also published in "Rehabilitations and Other Essays"
(2) also published in "Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces"
(3) also published in "Fern-Seed and Elephants and Other Essays"
(4) also published in "The Seeing Eye and Other Selected Essays from Christian Reflections"
If you are interested in Lewis's shorter works, my best advice is to get "Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces", which, as of the time of this writing, is available from Amazon UK but not Amazon US. That collection consists of about 130 short works by Lewis. The works in that collection are mostly, but not exclusively, Christian.
If your interest in Lewis's shorter works is restricted to those on Christianity, and your budget or enthusiasm does not run to "Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces", then my second-best advice is to get any or all of the following (they don't overlap significantly, and between them they include most of Lewis's shorter Christian writings):
"God in the Dock - Essays on Theology and Ethics"*
"The World's Last Night and Other Essays"
"Christian Reflections"
"The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses"
* Be careful - there is a UK Fontana paperback lurking about called "God in the Dock - Essays on Theology" that is substantially shorter than the "God in the Dock - Essays on Theology and Ethics" collection. A full version of "God in the Dock - Essays on Theology and Ethics" was published in the UK under the title "Undeceptions - Essays on Theology and Ethics".
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 14 engaging C.S. Lewis essays 19 Jun 1998
By David Graham - Published on
These fourteen essays (with an introduction by Walter Hooper) are about a variety of topics related to Christianity, but not necessarily ABOUT Christianity. My favorite of the bunch is "Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism", a thumping rejoinder to those whose misapplication of form and redaction criticism (e.g. Bultmann or Schweitzer or Dibelius) to the gospels prevents them from making sound judgments about the life of Christ. His essay "Petitionary Prayer: A Problem Without an Answer" is brutally honest, ending as it does in a questioning uncertainty about the matter, while his essay "The Psalms" is helpful in guiding the reader to an understanding of how to view that portion of scripture. Some essays may strike one reader's fancy less than another's, but there is plenty here for most people to find AT LEAST one or two they greatly enjoy. I liked all of them and found most of them very helpful to my own reflections on life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Essays, but too advanced for most readers 24 Feb 2012
By Jeremy Myers - Published on
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I love everything by C. S. Lewis, and am trying to read through everything he has ever written (that I can find, anyway). This is a book of collected philosophical and theological essays, most of which appear to be transcripts or manuscripts from lectures and talks he gave at various places and various times during his career.

The essays range from the place of Christianity within literature and culture, all the way to talking about Lewis' distaste for church music and 20th Century European Historical Criticism.

Most of these essays were more technical than other essays from Lewis, and most readers will probably find the content and ideas a little too advanced for their taste. I got bored by several of the essays, especially since the questions which were being asked during the life of C. S. Lewis are not really being asked any longer.

Nevertheless, I did find his essays on Church Music, the Psalms, Petitionary Prayer, Biblical Criticism, and The Seeing Eye (about the possibility of aliens on other planets) to be insightful and "classic C. S. Lewis."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Makes You Think! 24 Feb 2006
By Scott E. Regener - Published on
In this age where serious thought is scorned, this work by Lewis shows just how far we've fallen. His clear, concise theology shines through in everything he writes, and this collection is no exception. Even in his response to his critics, Lewis demonstrates a careful consideration that deserves praise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essay on Church Music 7 July 2001
By Larry Ellis - Published on
Just the essay on church music makes the book a worthy investment. It appears that Lewis was not a personal fan of much church music that he experienced. However, he saw the purpose of church music was to glorify God. His insight about true spirituality of the learned and unlearned church musician is priceless. Here he provides a challange for all to consider the essence of our spiritual music offered to God.
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