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 provide for his unbelieving neighbors was to explain and defend the faith that has been shared by nearly all Christians at all times.

Christian Reflections contains fourteen of Lewis's papers defending Christianity. They...

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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 provide for his unbelieving neighbors was to explain and defend the faith that has been shared by nearly all Christians at all times.

Christian Reflections contains fourteen of Lewis's papers defending Christianity. They are colorfully varied, covering such topics as Christianity and literature, ethics, futility, church music, the Psalms, and petitionary prayer. 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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Christianity Today
"An excellent introduction to the thought and personality of this engaging Christian writer."

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."

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

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802871848
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/22/2014
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 391,793
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) taught English literature at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and wrote more than thirty influential scholarly and popular books. Among his many famous works are Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, the Chronicles of Narnia volumes, Miracles, 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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