The Apologetics of Joy: A Case for the Existence of God from C.S. Lewis's Argument from Desire

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Among all the arguments for the existence of God there may be none more personal and intimate than C. S. Lewis's Argument from Desire. This book attempts to explain what the Argument from Desire is and why we believe that the argument is an inductively strong one. In the spirit of C. S. Lewis, Augustine, and Pascal, this book invites both the head and the heart of the reader to consider the case for God's existence. While many arguments look out to the external world for evidence of God's existence, this book ...

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The Apologetics of Joy: A Case for the Existence of God from C. S. Lewis's Argument from Desire

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Overview

Among all the arguments for the existence of God there may be none more personal and intimate than C. S. Lewis's Argument from Desire. This book attempts to explain what the Argument from Desire is and why we believe that the argument is an inductively strong one. In the spirit of C. S. Lewis, Augustine, and Pascal, this book invites both the head and the heart of the reader to consider the case for God's existence. While many arguments look out to the external world for evidence of God's existence, this book calls the reader to look inward to the human heart. While learning from classical thinkers (particularly C. S. Lewis) the Argument from Desire will bring both intuition and experience together to demonstrate the truth of divine presence in the world. The reader will walk away with either a newfound faith or a reinforced conviction that has a strong intellectual and experiential dimension.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620323731
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Puckett Jr. (MLitt, Faulkner University) is pulpit minister for the 16th Avenue Church of Christ in Sterling, Illinois. He is currently working toward his PhD in Humanities from Salve Regina University in the area of the philosophy of mind.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Introduction xvii

Part 1 C. S. Lewis and the Argument from Desire 1

1 The Argument as Presented in Selected Works of C. S. Lewis 13

2 Defining "Joy" as Sehnsucht 22

3 Plantinga and Lewis: Balancing the Mystical and the Natural in Sehnsucht 28

4 A Word on the Different Forms that the Argument Can Take 35

Part 2 Examining Beversluis's Objections to the Argument 43

5 Does Lewis "Beg the Question"? 47

6 Does the Quality of Sehnsucht Lack Innateness? 52

7 If "Joy" Is So Natural and Desirable Then Why Did Lewis Run Away from It? 56

8 Does the Concept of Sehnsucht Contradict the Bible? 61

9 Why Do Some People Never Experience what C. S. Lewis Calls "Joy"? 66

Part 3 Haunted by Desire 77

10 Echoes and Evidences of the Second Premise 81

11 Imagination and the Heart's Deep Need for a Happy Ending 86

12 In the Defense of Beauty 98

13 Lewis, Leisure, and Sehnsucht 110

Part 4 Concerning the Conclusion of the Argument from Desire 119

14 The Evolutionary Objection 123

15 Is there a Human Gene for Sehnsucht? 133

Conclusion 141

Appendix: The End of Human Desire 146

Bibliography 151

Subject/Name Index 155

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