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"Lewis struck me as the most thoroughly converted man I ever met," observes Walter Hooper in the preface to this collection of essays by C. S. Lewis. "His whole vision of life was such that the natural and the supernatural seemed inseparably combined."

It is precisely this pervasive Christianity which is demonstrated in the forty-eight essays comprising God in the Dock. Here Lewis addresses himself both to theological questions and to those which Hooper terms "semi-theological," or ethical. But whether he is discussing "Evil and God," "Miracles," "The Decline of Religion," or "The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment," his insight and observations are thoroughly and profoundly Christian.

Drawn from a variety of sources, the essays were designed to meet a variety of needs, and among other accomplishments they serve to illustrate the many different angles from which we are able to view the Christian religion. They range from relatively popular pieces written for newspapers to more learned defenses of the faith which first appeared in The Socratic Digest. Characterized by Lewis's honesty and realism, his insight and conviction, and above all his thoroughgoing commitments to Christianity, these essays make God in the Dock very much a book for our time.

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Editorial Reviews

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-- The New York Times
"Here the reader finds the tough-minded polemicist relishing the debate; here too the kindly teacher explaining a complex abstraction by means of clarifying analogies; here the public speaker addressing his varied audience with all the humility and grace of a man who knows how much more remains to be known."

-- Christianity Today
"For those who know little of C. S. Lewis or his ideas, this book is a good introduction. . . . God in the Dock contains some of the best of Lewis's witty apologetics. And for those who have long known and loved the writings of Lewis, this volume is a welcome addition."

-- Commonweal
"Takes us on a journey that is thoroughly entrancing. . . . A model of solid common sense and imaginativeness, of balance and ingeniousness, of artistry and coherence."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802808684
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/1972
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.92 (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


  1. Evil and God
  2. Miracles
  3. Dogma and the Universe
  4. Answers to Questions on Christianity
  5. Myth Became Fact
  6. 'Horrid Red Things'
  7. Religion and Science
  8. The Laws of Nature
  9. The Grand Miracle
  10. Christian Apologetics
  11. Work and Prayer
  12. Man or Rabbit?
  13. On the Transmission of Christianity
  14. 'Miserable Offenders'
  15. The Founding of the Oxford Socratic Club
  16. Religion without Dogma?
  17. Some Thoughts
  18. 'The Trouble with "X"...'
  19. What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?
  20. The Pains of Animals
  21. Is Theism Important?
  22. Rejoinder to Dr Pittenger
  23. Must Our Image of God Go?


  1. Dangers of National Repentance
  2. Two Ways with the Self
  3. Meditation on the Third Commandment
  4. On the Reading of Old Books
  5. Two Lectures
  6. Meditation in a Toolshed
  7. Scraps
  8. The Decline of Religion
  9. Vivisection
  10. Modern Translations of the Bible
  11. Priestesses in the Church?
  12. God in the Dock
  13. Behind the Scenes
  14. Revival or Decay?
  15. Before We Can Communicate
  16. Cross-Examination


  1. 'Bulverism'
  2. First and Second Things
  3. The Sermon and the Lunch
  4. The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment
  5. Xmas and Christmas
  6. What Christmas Means to Me
  7. Delinquents in the Snow
  8. Is Progress Possible?
  9. We Have No 'Right to Happiness'


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    Meditation in a toolshed and more

    it would be hard to try and give a review on this book as a whole without writing at least 7-8 pages worth of praise, so im only going to say that i enjoyed it more then anyother book by C.S. Lewis i have read to date (and i enjoy all his books very much), and im going to make mention of one of my favorite essays in the book: Meditation in a tool shed. this is in some of the other books which are collections of his essays and it is rad. a lot of deep thought that you learn to expect from C.S. Lewis, and a must read for any fan of philosophy and theology.

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