God in the Dock Paperback – 3 Aug 1998
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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.’
‘…consists of some brilliant pieces. This is just the kind of book to put in the hands of an intellectual doubter…
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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.’See all Product Description
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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!
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.Read more ›
Of particular interest are the essays which touch on the relationship between Christianity and Science, a subject which has more recently come alive again.
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.
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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It's sad that this book is not more widely available! Should appeal to non Christians because of the undeniable logic and Christians alike!! Should be compulsory reading!!Published on 14 Feb. 2014 by Reid Reader
Thought provoking, clear and true explorations of many questions often unanswered by others. I have read the essays a number of times and get something knew each time.Published on 19 Nov. 2013 by Prof. Glyn Jones
In choosing this book, I think I was misled by thinking it contained something about the observance of Christmas. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2012 by PHILIP ANSTEY