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Miracles [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Lewis
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‘…a brilliant book, abounding in lucid exposition and illuminating metaphor.’

‘This is Dr Lewis’s most substantial and persuasive essay in Christian apologetics, and it is all the more impressive because it is the work of a poet as well as a philosopher.’
Church Times


'!a brilliant book, abounding in lucid exposition and illuminating metaphor.' Observer 'This is Dr Lewis's most substantial and persuasive essay in Christian apologetics, and it is all the more impressive because it is the work of a poet as well as a philosopher.' Church Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (29 Sep 2011)
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  • Language: English
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and still relevant 26 Nov 2002
By William Fross VINE VOICE
This book is, as with many of CS Lewis's works, much-loved by many. For those sceptical about the possibility of miracles, Lewis surveys deep philosophical territory, but in a way that non-philosophers can understand: trudging through the self-contradictions of Naturalism to set the ground for his argument, and then tackling the arguments of thinkers like Hume, he comes to a satisfying conclusion.
Don't think you won't understand it- anyone who has read Lewis before will appreciate his skill at communicating difficult concepts to the layman. His arguments, I think, are still relevant today; naturalism and its (alleged) self-contradictions are still a source of much debate in the philosophical world.
Quite frankly, I would recommend this to anyone. For Christians, as it will help them think through their faith more deeply and clearly; but I think everyone will enjoy Lewis's style and clarity of argument.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not easy going but some excellent insights 2 May 2008
By Aquinas
This book lacks the clarity and hearty joy of "Mere Christianity" and the fun of "The screwtape letters" and can feel like heavy going - particulary when Lewis goes on at length to prove the inherent contradictions in naturalism.

For me, the middle to end of the book was best. Lewis is fascinating when he discusses Christ as "Corn King", the prodigality of nature in consuming itself and the symbiotic relationship of all living things. Death comes from the fruit of the tree and yet, from the side of Christ, hanging on the wood (tree) of the cross, flows the blood (foreshadowing the wine of the Eucharist, which become his blood) of the new covenant. His discussion of Providence and the effects of prayer in respect of past events (a thought that had struck me two years ago) resonates deeply. There is a lot in the book - it is as if Lewis is really on to something about the relationship between nature and supernature - a new way of seeing things, which is not leavened with the naturalistic and pseudo-rationalism of the enlightenment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest Christian 23 Dec 2011
"Miracles" is a book by Christian apologist C.S. Lewis. It was first published in 1947 and subsequently revised in 1960. It's Lewis' most philosophical book, and could be read as a heavier sequel to "Mere Christianity", his most well known non-fiction work. Both books explain and defend a fairly traditional form of Christianity. Lewis was an Anglican, but usually attempted to write from a kind of all-Christian perspective. Both Protestants and Catholics appreciate his works.

"Miracles" became quite notorious due to a debate between Lewis and the analytic philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe in 1948. The latter supposedly demolished Lewis' entire argumentation, and made him withdraw from philosophy, humiliated. This version can be found in "Jack", a friendly biography of Lewis by George Sayer. Interestingly, Anscombe herself denied that this is what happened, pointing out that Lewis actually rewrote one chapter of "Miracles" to better counter her arguments - hardly an action taken by a humiliated man who broke with philosophy. Anscombe believed that it might have been *Sayer* who was shocked by her criticisms. Besides, Anscombe was a Christian herself, so the point of her arguments was hardly to disprove the existence of God.

Lewis deals with two principal issues in this book. First, he argues that the supernatural exists and that miracles are therefore possible. This is the most interesting part of the book for a non-Christian (roughly chapters 1 - 13). Second, he explains from a more theological viewpoint how the miracles of Jesus should be interpreted. He also briefly deals with some other issues, for instance the difference between theism and pantheism. The book is well written, lucid and occasionally witty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Reason in Miracles 2 May 2004
By Omar Sabbagh VINE VOICE
This is wonderfully written book of apologetics. The best writing grows not necessarily out of right thinking, but out of clear thinking. You may not agree with its central thesis or the arguments expertly outlined and colourfully illustrated in the first half of the book, but if you, like me, get an almost sensual pleasure from good writing and clear thinking then you will certainly get your fix from this book. That is the first thing to say.
If you are reading this then you have directed your eyes to this page to read these lines. Whether you will find yourself conducive to Lewis' reasoning depends on whether you think my observation above is possibly a miracle. That is, whether you believe in free will. The very thought process and resulting choice that led you to read these lines is a product of your mind. If you think your mind is equivalent to your brain then you are a machine and I would ask you not to read on: you cannot understand what I have to say: please desist. But if you have been following my argument so far then I think you will have to admit that your mind is something quite special; it possesses reason. Reason is the divine spark in us according to Lewis, because it is what makes the difference between man and brute a difference of kind and not degree. Nature does not explain itself, it just is. Through physical science man has discovered some of the laws of nature, some of 'how's'. But physical science will never give you answers to the 'why' question, the question of meaning. And yet this question is implicit in the human mind, in reason- finding reasons, not just explanations, but justifications as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Miracles
Ok as these things go but - you know - there are so many. Don't doubt the truth but some others are better structured.
Published 6 months ago by Nighthawk
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going in places
Always reckoned to be one of the best studies of miracles written. But quite difficult in places, with closely argued ideas and conclusions.
Published 9 months ago by J. M. F. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical CS Lewis
CS Lewis' ability to portray spiritual concepts in terms the lay person can understand and appreciate is again evident in this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
C.S. Lewis writes about life, real life with all the pain and struggles involved. If you are not a Christian , read his books and they will make any person think that being a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Maya
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant today
One of Lewis's best even if some of the chapters are demanding. The logic is impeccable and the writing lucid.
Published 15 months ago by Will
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This is a brilliant book full of lucid exposition and illuminating metaphors. Written by a literary genius from whom we have many excellent books including the Tales of Narnia. Read more
Published on 8 July 2010 by J. Gamble
5.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle of rational thought, what you ought and Christian faith
C S Lewis has such a wealth of knowledge and yet writes so clearly that it is a pleasure to plod along the paths that he has built so carefully. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2009 by A. J. Adlington
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