Los Milagros (Miracles: A Preliminary Study)


¿En realidad suceden milagros?

"El milagro principal del que hablan los cristianos es la Encarnación. Ellos dicen que Dios se hizo Hombre. Cualquier otro milagro sucedió en preparación para esto, o es un resultado de esto."

Este es el punto clave de Los Milagros, obra en la cual C. S. Lewis nos muestra que un cristiano debe no sólo aceptar sino también regocijarse de los milagros como testimonios de la participación de Dios en la creación. Utilizando su característico calor, lucidez e ingenio, Lewis desafía a los...

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¿En realidad suceden milagros?

"El milagro principal del que hablan los cristianos es la Encarnación. Ellos dicen que Dios se hizo Hombre. Cualquier otro milagro sucedió en preparación para esto, o es un resultado de esto."

Este es el punto clave de Los Milagros, obra en la cual C. S. Lewis nos muestra que un cristiano debe no sólo aceptar sino también regocijarse de los milagros como testimonios de la participación de Dios en la creación. Utilizando su característico calor, lucidez e ingenio, Lewis desafía a los racionalistas y a los cínicos por su falta de imaginación, y ofrece una poética y alegre afirmación que los milagros sí ocurren en nuestras vidas cotidianas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061140020
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,404,223
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.


C. S. Lewis was famous both as a fiction writer and as a Christian thinker, and his biographers and critics sometimes divide his personality in two: the storyteller and the moral educator, the "dreamer" and the "mentor." Yet a large part of Lewis's appeal, for both his audiences, lay in his ability to fuse imagination with instruction. "Let the pictures tell you their own moral," he once advised writers of children's stories. "But if they don't show you any moral, don't put one in. ... The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author's mind."

Storytelling came naturally to Lewis, who spent the rainy days of his childhood in Ireland writing about an imaginary world he called Boxen. His first published novel, Out of the Silent Planet, tells the story of a journey to Mars; its hero was loosely modeled on his friend and fellow Cambridge scholar J.R.R. Tolkien. Lewis enjoyed some popularity for his Space Trilogy (which continues in Perelandra and That Hideous Strength), but nothing compared to that which greeted his next imaginative journey, to an invented world of fauns, dwarfs, and talking animals -- a world now familiar to millions of readers as Narnia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book of the seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia, began as "a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood," according to Lewis. Years after that image first formed in his mind, others bubbled up to join it, producing what Kate Jackson, writing in Salon, called "a fascinating attempt to compress an almost druidic reverence for wild nature, Arthurian romance, Germanic folklore, the courtly poetry of Renaissance England and the fantastic beasts of Greek and Norse mythology into an entirely reimagined version of what's tritely called 'the greatest story ever told.'"

The Chronicles of Narnia was for decades the world's bestselling fantasy series for children. Although it was eventually superseded by Harry Potter, the series still holds a firm place in children's literature and the culture at large. (Narnia even crops up as a motif in Jonathan Franzen's 2001 novel The Corrections). Its last volume appeared in 1955; in that same year, Lewis published a personal account of his religious conversion in Surprised by Joy. The autobiography joined his other nonfiction books, including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce, as an exploration of faith, joy and the meaning of human existence.

Lewis's final work of fiction, Till We Have Faces, came out in 1956. Its chilly critical reception and poor early sales disappointed Lewis, but the book's reputation has slowly grown; Lionel Adey called it the "wisest and best" of Lewis's stories for adults. Lewis continued to write about Christianity, as well as literature and literary criticism, for several more years. After his death in 1963, The New Yorker opined, "If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels."

Good To Know

The imposing wardrobe Lewis and his brother played in as children is now in Wheaton, Illinois, at the Wade Center of Wheaton College, which also houses the world's largest collection of Lewis-related documents, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

The 1994 movie, Shadowlands, based on the play of the same name, cast Anthony Hopkins as Lewis. It tells the story of his friendship with, and then marriage to, an American divorcee named Joy Davidman (played by Debra Winger), who died of cancer four years after their marriage. Lewis's own book about coping with that loss, A Grief Observed, was initially published under the pseudonym N. W. Clerk.

Several poems, stories, and a novel fragment published after Lewis's death have come under scrutiny as possible forgeries. On one side of the controversy is Walter Hooper, a trustee of Lewis's estate and editor of most of his posthumous works; on the other is Kathryn Lindskoog, a Lewis scholar who began publicizing her suspicions in 1988. Scandal or kooky conspiracy theory? The verdict's still out among readers.

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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

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Los Milagros

By C. Lewis

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 C. Lewis
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0061140023

Capitulo Uno

Finalidad De Este Libro

Los que quieren acertar, deben investigar las exactas preguntas preliminares.
Aristoteles, «Metafisica», II (III), i.

En toda mi vida he encontrado solo una persona que asegure haber visto un espiritu.

Y el aspecto mas interesante de la historia es que esta persona no creia en la inmortalidad del alma antes de ver el espiritu, y siguio sin creer despues de haberlo visto.

Decia que lo que vio debio de ser una ilusion o una argucia de los nervios. Seguramente tenia razon. Ver no es lo mismo que creer.

Por esta razon, a la pregunta de si se dan milagros, no se puede responder simplemente por experiencia.

Todo ofrecimiento que pueda presentarse como milagro es, en ultimo termino, algo que se ofrece a nuestros sentidos, algo que es visto, oido, tocado, olido o gustado. Y nuestros sentidos no son infalibles.

Si nos parece que ha ocurrido alguna cosa extraordinaria, siempre podemos decir que hemos sido victimas de una ilusion. Si mantenemos una filosofia que excluye lo sobrenatural, esto es lo que siempre tendremos que decir. Lo que aprendemos de la experiencia depende del genero de filosofia con que afrontamos la experiencia. Es, por tanto, inutil apelar a la experiencia antes de haber establecidolo mejor posible la base filosofica.

Si la experiencia inmediata no puede demostrar ni rechazar el milagro, menos aun puede hacerlo la historia. Muchos piensan que es posible determinar si un milagro del pasado ocurrio realmente examinando testimonios «de acuerdo con las reglas ordinarias de la investigacion historica». Pero las reglas ordinarias no entran en funcionamiento hasta que hayamos decidido si son posibles los milagros, y si lo son, con que probabilidad lo son. Porque si son imposibles, entonces no habra acumulacion de testimonios historicos que nos convenzan. Y si son posibles pero inmensamente improbables, entonces solo nos convencera el argumento matematicamente demostrable. Y puesto que la historia nunca nos ofrecera este grado de testimonio sobre ningun acontecimiento, la historia no nos convencera jamas de que ocurrio un determinado milagro.

Si, por otra parte, los milagros no son intrinsecamente improbables, se sigue que las pruebas existentes seran suficientes para convencernos de que se ha dado un buen numero de milagros.

El resultado de nuestras investigaciones historicas depende, por tanto, de la vision filosofica que mantengamos antes incluso de empezar a considerar las pruebas. Es, pues, claro que la cuestion filosofica debe considerarse primero.

Veamos un ejemplo de los problemas que surgen si se omite la previa tarea filosofica para precipitarse en la historica: En un comentario popular de la Biblia, se puede encontrar una discusion sobre la fecha en que fue escrito el cuarto Evangelio. El autor mantiene que tuvo que ser escrito despues de la ejecucion de S. Pedro, porque en el cuarto Evangelio aparece Cristo prediciendo el martirio de S. Pedro. El autor discurre asi: «Un libro no puede haber sido escrito antes de los sucesos a los que se refiere». Por supuesto no puede... a no ser que alguna vez se den verdaderamente predicciones. Si se dan, el argumento sobre la fecha se derrumba y el autor no se ha molestado en discutir si las autenticas predicciones son posibles o no. Da la negativa por supuesta, quiza inconscientemente. Tal vez tenga razon; pero si la tiene, no ha descubierto este principio por una investigacion historica. Ha proyectado su incredulidad en las predicciones sobre un trabajo historico, por decirlo asi, prefabricadamente. A menos que lo hubiera investigado anteriormente, su conclusion historica sobre la fecha del cuarto Evangelio no habria sido establecida de ningun modo. Su trabajo es, por consiguiente, inutil para una persona que quiere saber si existen predicciones. El autor entra en materia de hecho despues de haberse respondido en forma negativa y sobre cimientos que no se toma el trabajo de exponernos.

Este libro esta pensado como un paso preliminar a la investigacion historica. Yo no soy un historiador avezado y no pretendo examinar los testimonios historicos de los milagros cristianos. Mi esfuerzo es poner a mis lectores en condiciones de hacerla. No tiene sentido acudir a los textos hasta adquirir alguna idea sobre la posibilidad o probabilidad de los milagros. Los que establecen que no pueden darse los milagros estan simplemente perdiendo el tiempo al investigar en los textos; sabemos de antemano los resultados que obtendran, ya que han comenzado por prejuzgar la cuestion.


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Table of Contents

I Finalidad de este libro 9
II El naturalista y el sobrenaturalista 13
III La dificultad cardinal del naturalismo 23
IV Naturaleza y sobrenaturaleza 44
V Una ulterior dificultad para el naturalismo 58
VI En que se responden dudas 66
VII Un capitulo sobre equivocos 75
VIII El milagro y las leyes de la naturaleza 90
IX Un capitulo no estrictamente necesario 102
X Terribles cosas rojas 109
XI Cristianismo y "religion" 129
XII La propiedad de los milagros 151
XIII Sobre la probabilidad 158
XIV El gran milagro 171
XV Milagros de la vieja creacion 210
XVI Milagros de la nueva creacion 226
XVII Epilogo 249
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