Christian Reflections

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Shortly after his conversion in 1929, C. S. Lewis wrote to a friend, “When all is said (and truly said) about the divisions of Christendom, there remains, by God's mercy, an enormous common ground.” From that time on, Lewis thought that the best service he could do for his unbelieving neighbors was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times — that “enormous common ground” which he usually referred to as “mere” Christianity.

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Overview

Shortly after his conversion in 1929, C. S. Lewis wrote to a friend, “When all is said (and truly said) about the divisions of Christendom, there remains, by God's mercy, an enormous common ground.” From that time on, Lewis thought that the best service he could do for his unbelieving neighbors was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times — that “enormous common ground” which he usually referred to as “mere” Christianity.

Lewis's defense of Christianity was colorfully varied — the subjects he covered ranged widely, including Christianity and literature, Christianity and culture, ethics, futility, church music, modern theology and biblical criticism, the Psalms, and petitionary prayer.

Presented in chronological order, some of the fourteen papers included in this collection were written specifically for periodicals, while others, published here for the first time, were read to societies in and around Oxford and Cambridge. Common to them all, however, are the uniquely effective style of C. S. Lewis and the basic presuppositions of his theology — his “mere” Christianity.

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Editorial Reviews

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-- The Chicago Tribune
"This volume will be of special interest to people whose philosophy runs to futility, determinism, and atheism."

-- Moody Monthly
"Christian Reflections brings C. S. Lewis's genius to a ready public. His fidelity to eternal verities comes like a clean, refreshing breeze to air increasingly polluted by 'dialogues' of the unsure."

-- Review and Expositor
"Refreshing originality. . . A book that will both stimulate and tantalize."

-- The Living Church
"Christian Reflections is in the style of a truly great scholar with a deep love and understanding of the classics, an extraordinary narrative power and clarity, and a precision in logic that goes to the heart of the matter under discussion. . . This book is a veritable jewel."

-- Christian Home and School
"One would be challenged to find better companionship than that of C. S. Lewis in exploring the relationship of Christianity and culture from a Christian perspective. . . Few people will be able to read this book without having to acknowledge that their spiritual and intellectual lives have been enriched."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802808691
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/1967
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 834,739
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963) He held the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University in England. Among his many famous works are Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, the Chronicles of Narnia series, Miracles, The Abolition of Man, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, and Surprised by Joy.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

Table of Contents

Preface, by Walter Hooper
Christianity and Literature
Christianity and Culture
Religion: Reality or Substitute?
On Ethics
De Futilitate
The Poison of Subjectivism
The Funeral of a Great Myth
On Church Music
Historicism
The Psalms
The Language of Religion
Petitionary Prayer: A Problem Without an Answer
Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism
The Seeing Eye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

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    If you like 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' the Space Trilogy, and The Screwtape Letters, you may appreciate these fourteen essays, papers, and letters on various, though somewhat related, subjects. This is not 'light reading' that you can dash off in a short period of time. It is deep, philosophical stuff that will require much reflection and cogitation. However, if you like philosophy or are into studying apologetics, it is well worth it. As an atheist turned believer, Lewis's observations are witty, precise, and quite relevant to today's society. Through everything that he says, there is one underlying principle that comes our loud and clear, and that is his conviction that all men are immortal. There is much philosophical ammunition here for the 'Christian apologist.'

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