C. S. Lewis's Case for Christ: Insights from Reason, Imagination and Faith

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There can be many obstacles to faith. As Art Lindsley says, "Lewis knew what it was like not to believe. He struggled with many doubts along the way to faith. Since he was an ardent atheist until age thirty-one, Lewis's experience and education prepared him to understand firsthand the most common arguments against Christianity."

As a scholar and teacher of literature at Oxford, Lewis confronted many questions:
Aren't all religions just humanly ...

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Overview

There can be many obstacles to faith. As Art Lindsley says, "Lewis knew what it was like not to believe. He struggled with many doubts along the way to faith. Since he was an ardent atheist until age thirty-one, Lewis's experience and education prepared him to understand firsthand the most common arguments against Christianity."

As a scholar and teacher of literature at Oxford, Lewis confronted many questions:
Aren't all religions just humanly invented myths? Doesn't evil in the world indicate an absence of any personal or loving God? Why should what is true for one person be true for me, especially when it comes to religion? How can anyone claim that one religion is right? Why follow Jesus if he was just another good moral teacher?
This book provides a readable introduction to Lewis's reflections on these and other objections to belief in Jesus Christ and the compelling reasons why Lewis came to affirm the truth of Christianity. Art Lindsley is a helpful and reliable guide to the voluminous and sometimes challenging writings of Lewis for both seekers and those who want to grasp their own faith more deeply.

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Editorial Reviews

Nancy Pearcey
"An imaginative way to introduce a new generation to the timeless wisdom of C. S. Lewis."
James Sire
"The brilliant diamond of Lewis's case for Christ has many facets. Lindsley looks at each in turn, helping first-time Lewis readers see the singular shaft of divine light that each facet reflects."
Chuck Colson
"In this excellent book, Art Lindsley presents the vast sweep of C. S. Lewis's worldview in clear, bite-sized pieces. It will be enjoyed by those who are new to Lewis as well as those who have read his work for years, by thoughtful skeptics and by all who share Lewis's 'mere Christianity.'"
Ravi Zacharias
"Art Lindsley rightly notes that though we think we see clearly, 'more often we miss certain clues or fail to see the implications of the ones we are given.' So he offers his readers an invaluable map to our confused world through the clear spyglass of C. S. Lewis. In this wonderful examination of the man and his writings, Lindsley points out the obstacles to Lewis's faith in God (obstacles that I often hear from the seeker and skeptic) as well as the ways that Lewis carefully worked through them in his mind and in his heart. I heartily recommend this book."
Jerry Root
"There are few scholars who understand C. S. Lewis's apologetic work as deeply as Art Lindsley. I've known Art for many years and have always been impressed not only by his grasp of Lewis, but also by his ability to apply the material in fresh ways. I enjoyed reading C. S. Lewis's Case for Christ; it is creatively written and makes Lewis's apologetics accessible to an even wider audience."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830832859
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 386,017
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.42 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Art Lindsley is senior fellow at the C. S. Lewis Institute in Springfield, Virginia. He is a conference and retreat speaker, and he has taught extensively at several theological seminaries. He is also ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

His books include True Truth, C. S. Lewis's Case for Christ and Classical Apologetics, which he cowrote with R. C. Sproul and John Gerstner. He and his wife, Connie, partner in a teaching and discipleship ministry, Oasis, based in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPart I: Why Study Lewis's Case for Christ?
1. Why Consider C. S. Lewis's Arguments for Christ?
2. What Were Lewis's Obstacles to Faith? Part II: Obstacles to Faith
3. Chronological Snobbery: What Does a Two-Thousand-Year-Old Religion Have to Do with Me?
4. The Problem of Evil: How Can I Believe in God When There Is So Much Evil, Pain and Suffering in the World?
5. Myth: Isn't Christianity Just One Myth Among Many?
6. Rationalism: Who Needs Faith?
7. Imagination: Isn't Faith Merely Imaginary?
8. Miracles: But Do You Believe in the Miracles of the Bible? Part III: Coherence: Does It All Fit Together?
9. Wish Fulfillment: Isn't Belief in God Just a Crutch for Needy People?
10. Postmodernism: Is What Was True for C. S. Lewis Necessarily True for Me?
11. Relativism: Aren't Morals Relative?
12. Other Religions: There Are So Many Religions, How Can You Say Which One Is Right?
13. Death and Immortality: Is Death Really the End of It All?
14. Christ: Isn't Jesus Just Another Good, Moral Teacher?
Recommended Reading
Notes
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    A MUST read for CS Lewis fans!

    I am a huge fan of CS Lewis and of Dr. Lindsley's clear reasoning and eloquent argumentation so, naturally when I saw this book, I immediately picked it up and read it with great enthusiasm. Admittedly, I went through the book rather quickly and will revisit it often for its clarity and to use as an aide in forming well-framed intellectual, imaginative and caring arguments in defense of faith in Christ. Dr. Lindsley's treatment of Lewis's work provides the reader with a digestible overview of CS Lewis's intellectual and spiritual odyssey into the fullness of Christ that is remarkably clear. This book provides the reader with a wealth of resources, excerpts and personal stories. Dr. Lindsley weaves together many of the questions that people have when they come to the works of CS Lewis and to the very questions of Christianity. Dr. Lindsley documents the rigor of CS Lewis's intellect opening (or re-opening) thoughtful readers to the wonders and skill of Lewis's work. The book is laid out in 14 chapters and contains a bit of 'dialogue' between a set of individuals who are meeting together to discuss Lewis's work in a modern bookstore setting. The reader is drawn into the conversation and through it can see what types of questions people often have when they come to Lewis's body of work. You may even be able to identify some of your own questions. If you come to this book already holding a belief in Jesus Christ as Savior, Dr. Lindsley's treatment will help you to formulate your own defense and responses to the questions that appeal to our time through the lenses of CS Lewis. If I had to pick the best chapter out of this book, it'd have to be the one in regard to relativism since Dr. Lindsley goes into a bit more depth on one of my favorite works by Lewis, 'The Abolition of Man.' The chapter on Postmodernism is great also. I am amazed at how well Dr. Lindsley can articulate and refute many of the claims of full-fledged Postmodernism in so few pages! I find myself agreeing with his assessment of how CS Lewis would respond to Postmodernity the good and the bad alike. This book will be a valuable tool in my library as well as one that many of my friends will indeed receive as a gift!

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