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God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics [Paperback]

By C. S. Lewis (Author) & Walter Hooper (Editor)
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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 48 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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"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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Lewis, who considered himself a layman writing for other laypeople, had a unique ability to make the essential truths of Christianity understandable to any audience. His amazing gift for communication made him one of the most well-read and effective Christian apologists of the twentieth century. God in the Dock is one of the best looks at the broad spectrum of Lewis' apologetic efforts, as it is a compilation of 48 essays and 12 letters on topics as varied as science and Christianity, religion, Christmas, and more.

Editor Walter Hooper, a friend and colleague of Lewis, has done an incredible job in pulling together numerous essays and letters never before published in book form. He has even found (and included) one essay which has never been published before. The result is a fascinating amalgamation of works that are eminently readable and enjoyable. Depending on the audience and context, Lewis' style ranges from scholarly to streetwise, and he effortlessly adapts his style to whatever audience he may be speaking to. Despite the range of topics and styles, these essays present an articulate cohesiveness.

This book is divided into four sections. Section one contains essays that are considered purely theological, including "Christian Apologetics," "Myth Become Fact," "The Trouble with 'X'..." and many others. Section two contains essays which are, in the words of Hooper, "semi-theological," including "Dangers of National Repentance," "On the Reading of Old Books," "God in the Dock" and others. Section three is primarily ethical essays, including "First and Second Things," "The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment," "Xmas and Christmas" and others. Section four includes 12 of Lewis' letters, in the order they were published in various publications.

Eminently practical, and always focused on the reality of living Christianity well, God in the Dock stands as one of the best defenses of Christianity made by Lewis. Its broad spectrum shows Lewis to be, as Hooper states in the preface, "the most thoroughly converted man I have ever met," for there was no aspect of Lewis' life that was untouched by his Christian faith. This collection of essays and letters can help make that true of your life as well.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   346
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.92"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 24, 1972
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN  0802808689  
ISBN13  9780802808684  


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More About C. S. Lewis & Walter Hooper


C. S. Lewis C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.

C. S. Lewis was born in 1898 and died in 1963.

C. S. Lewis has published or released items in the following series...
  1. C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
  2. Chronicles of Narnia
  3. Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
  4. Radio Theatre
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  6. Shepherd's Notes


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Random Theological Thoughts of Lewis  Feb 15, 2006
Lewis was prolific thinker, reader and writer on theology and ethics, two of his real passions. Here collected some of them, 25 around plus some letters.

We find him commenting on wide range of subjects, from decline or rise of Christianity in England of his day to apologetics to capital punishment to the question of animals in heaven, or women as pastors.

If this hasn't sufficiently whetted your appetitie to read, likely you're not interested in such as Lewis was, and wouldn't enjoy this great read at all.

But if you're hooked, you'll be landed with gratification after pouring over selected or all these well done writings. As another reviewer so correctly pointed out, one truly gets more insight into the man's thoughts and personality from these. One that truly captivated this reviewer was: The Decline of Religion. Here he wrestles with significant topic, does empty pews suggest decline in Chrisianity? He has not illusions as so many do that the true church is visible, and flushes all prestensions away for those who have not the true motivator for pew occupance. Commenting on storm of Christian activity at Oxford for faith as sign of comeback of faith he comments: "The propagandist, the apologist, only represents John Baptist: the Preacher represents the Lord Himself. He will be sent--or else he will not. But unless he comes we mere Christian intellectuals will not effect very much. That does not mean we should down tools." Well said.

The more of these I read, the more I like the man. Would have been wonderful to sit by a fire as at Inklings gathering and talk over cigar or pipe and coffee and other libations. Yet, seems just like that in these remanants of his thinking.
 
Title Translation  Oct 27, 2005
"God in the Dock" is the British way of saying "God on Trial." In the UK, "the dock" is the physical enclosure in the courtroom where the defendant stands. Whether this collection of Lewis' short works is the best out there or not, it would certainly sell more copies if the title made sense in US English.
 
Another Classic Collection by the Ever-Relevant C.S. Lewis  Jun 13, 2005
1. This book challenged and enlightened me.
2. I found much food for thought.
3. I felt again the pure genius of Lewis's insights and writings.
4. I refer to this book often.
5. I am always amazed at the relevancy of his messages.
6. This book is life-changing and powerful!
 
As Relevant Now as Then  Sep 6, 2004
C.S. Lewis is known for being one of the best apologists (and amateur theologians) of our day. Primarily, Lewis is a writer; he knows how to use words to draw the reader in, and then humbly offers his insights on whatever topic is at hand. It is this humility that I think makes him so accessible - he talks about what he knows and doesn't presume to be an authority over anyone.

About GOD IN THE DOCK specifically, this is a collection of his letters, columns, and speeches. Most are short (4-10 pages) reflections on something he has encountered recently, from animal-rights protestations to dogma within the church to attempts to debunk myth to Christmas. Really, though, each one of these essays is about modernism. Modernism is the arch-enemy to Lewis - in its materialism, rationalism, statism and "groupism", it denies the validity of opposing systems of thought. Miracles are definitively ruled because they can't be reproduced in a lab (which Lewis argues is precisely why they are "miraculous" in the first place." Christian beliefs are discarded because they are similar to other "primitve" myths; Lewis argues that if God is real and we are made in His image, it makes sense that we would have common motifs in how we think about Him.

The essays in GOD IN THE DOCK are mostly designed to show the fallacies in people's thinking. They start with an observation, continue to describe the orthodox Christian point of view, point out something which the reader already knows to be true, and then shows that it makes more sense in the context of orthodox thought rather than modernist thought. What I found most interesting was that the same problems that Lewis wrestled with in his day are the same ones that Americans face today! I'm not sure if this proves that history repeats itself or if America is just 50 years behind England. Either way, Lewis' predictions for the future if his society continued to follow the modernist path were vindicated (if anything, he underestimated the degree to which society would degenerate).

In summary, C.S. Lewis was a humble and insightful man whose essays cover a wide gamut of topics. Each essay is short, about a 15 minute read, which is a comfortable way to wind down the day. I think that he very correctly evaluated the danger that modernism poses to humanity. Finally, his essay topics are very relevant to Americans whose country is now hashing outt he same issues that Lewis' nation did fifty years ago.
 
Actually, I give it 10 stars  Jul 13, 2003
It's hard to summarize a book that contains all essays. All I can say by way of summary that there are four parts: Part One contains twenty three essays, Part Two contains sixteen, Part Three contains nine. Part Four contains letters written by Lewis.

These essays deal with a lot of subjects written by C. S. Lewis, one of the most thorough and profound Christian writers that I have read. This book has influenced me beyond my ability to describe it. I've been a student of the Bible all of my life and of C. S. Lewis for more than 25 years -- and I can truthfully say that Lewis has helped me more than any other single Christian author, and I've read some good ones.

Of special interest to me were (and still are)Essay #13 on page 114 (Section one) Essay #1 on page 189 (Section 2) and Essay #3 on page 196 (also Section 2) which deal directly or indirectly with the subject of politics and religion. I won't tell you what Lewis says about it -- I'd be happier if you'd read it for yourself.

Even the articles I didn't agree with (and there were very few of those) still were worth reading and gave me a lot to think about.

If you're a thinking person, this will be some of the best money you will spend on any Christian book -- except for the Bible itself.

 

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