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VINE VOICEon 26 November 2002
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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on 2 May 2008
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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on 23 April 2015
Pontificates all round the houses and his line of reasoning is very odd at times.
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on 13 October 2015
A very interesting read. What it really establishes from the outset is to show how stifling presuppositions can be when approaching a subject. Obviously, Mr Lewis is discussing the issue of Miracles, however he clearly shows that a person can make no claims about miracles without first examining their own presuppositions. This is a very learned and philosophical work, from a clearly brilliant mind, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in being genuinely challenged in their thinking and overal worldview.
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on 18 August 2017
A wonderful essay.
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on 7 June 2014
This is, and has been for many years, a brilliant book. it is a splendid source for those (believers and unbelievers) who want to tackle serious questions through the use of ruthless reason. Be careful if you don't want your mind changed.
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on 14 August 2013
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 non-believer is not such a fun . Life as a Christian makes so much more sense .
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on 18 September 2013
CS Lewis' ability to portray spiritual concepts in terms the lay person can understand and appreciate is again evident in this book. Should prove a thought-provoking aid for anyone that wants to probe a bit deeper into miracles without necessarily studying theology
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on 3 March 2016
Very good book if its your subject
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on 30 September 2014
An excellent read, I particularly appreciated the way C.S. Lewis dismissed the theory of Pantheism...and brought us back to a real creator God..
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