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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fount; New edition edition (3 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006280889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006280880
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘To pick up and read a bit of C.S. Lewis is always rather like opening a window in a stuffy room.’
Owen Barfield

‘…consists of some brilliant pieces. This is just the kind of book to put in the hands of an intellectual doubter…
Christian Herald

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'God in the Dock' is one of the best known of C.S. Lewis’s collections of essays and includes ‘Myth Become fact’, ‘The Grand Miracle’, ‘priestesses in the Church’ and, of course, ‘God in the Dock.’

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CS Lewis did it again! A great great book that it easy to understand, yet goes in the most inspired and un-biased looks at Christian Faith.
Chapters such as 'The Grand Miracle', 'Religion and Science' and 'No right to happiness' Challenge us to think beyond our own presumptions, while those like 'The trouble with X' meet us just where we are all at - as humans - to make us stop and think about our lives...
One of the best!
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By Adam VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2015
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I read this at a time in my own Christian journey when I was holding onto my Christian faith by my fingernails, ready to embrace agnosticism. Reading this book has been a gentle pull back from the ledge.
This volume is a short collection of essays from 1942 right through to the last thing Lewis wrote before his death, in 1963. They show why Lewis remains a giant in Christian apologetics, someone on whose shoulders others stand. His writing, his articulation of complex concepts and their interaction, be that ‘myth,’ literary criticism and Christianity, is crystal clear, and he communicates them with a patient excitement that enlivens the writing. He has a love for the poetic and the power of the imagination, and this also shines through the writing. He’s also a great de-bunker, shooting down straw men and misconceptions on themes such as the very nature of faith, faith and science, myth, nature and fact.
I felt, reading him, that the attic was being cleared, or that my hard-drive was being de-spammed and cleared of junk. Space was being made for the light again. This is what reading Lewis has always done for me.
But I certainly don’t agree with everything he said, and I don’t slavishly follow his thought. But that’s healthy, to have one’s own views challenged in a vigorous, clear and intelligent way, even if at the end you are glad to disagree. The essay that is the most challenging in this collection in this sense is the 1948 essay ‘Priestesses in the Church?’ Incredibly relevant still, it shows just how long this debate has been raging. Lewis would probably have been dismayed by the progress (or regress depending on your view) made so far in his own Church of England on this issue.
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Well worth picking up an older copy of this. The clarity and logic of his arguments shine through and although he was writing for a better educated audience, every piece is as relevant today as when he wrote them.

Of particular interest are the essays which touch on the relationship between Christianity and Science, a subject which has more recently come alive again.
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It's hard to summarize a book of essays on diferent subjects, but I'll try.

There are four parts:

Part One -- 23 essays.

Part Two -- 16 essays

Part Three -- 9 essays.

Part Four -- letters Lewis wrote, along with some answers.

These essays cover many subjects. He was profound and thorough Christian writer. I grew up in a strong Christian home and I've read a lot of good Christian authors, but this book has influenced me deeply.

These were the essays that stood out to me:

1. Essay #13 on page 114 (Section one)

2. Essay #1 on page 189 (Section 2)

3. Essay #3 on page 196 (also Section 2) which contains one of the best treatments I've ever read on the subject of politics and religion.

It was a real boost to my Christian faith, and I've worn out two copies of it.
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As an ex-atheist myself, I love the clarity of writing, the precision in identifying the issue being addressed and the clear logic in the reasoning. I find this a great book for cutting through the assumptions and presumptions of the reductionist "modern" world. "Meditations in a tool shed" I chimed deeply with me.
This book allowed and allows me to address the hard questions I had when I was forced to abandon atheism and became a Christian - I think that Lewis's history as being an atheist gave him great insights into the difficulties involved.
A highly recommended read, however I also bought the audio book from Audible and that is, I find, even better as it is incredibly well read.
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