An impeccable inquiry into the proposition that supernatural events can happen in this world. C. S. Lewis uses his remarkable logic to build a solid argument for the existence of divine intervention.
"The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." This is the key statement of Miracles, in which C.S. Lewis shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in His creation. Using his characteristic lucidity and wit to develop his argument, Lewis challenges the rationalists, agnostics, and deists on their own grounds and makes out an impressive case for the irrationality of their assumptions.Publishers Description
"The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this."
This is the key statement of Miracles, in which C. S. Lewis shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in his creation.
Using his characteristic lucidity and wit to develop his argument, Lewis challenges the rationalists, agnostics, and deists on their own grounds and provides a poetic and joyous affirmation that miracles really do occur in our everyday lives.
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Release Date Apr 21, 2015
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|A Solid, Intellectual Work Mar 21, 2007|
|C.S. Lewis presents a great deal of solid philisophical material here. One suprise for me was that at a couple points, Lewis seems to come across as more presuppositional than evidential in his approach to apologetics. That is not to say that he is necessarily like that in all regards, but I did find some strong hints of it in this book.|
I'm clearly not as big of a Lewis buff as some other people I've met. In fact, I have some serious reservations about some of what he believes. However, this particular book is the real deal and I highly recommend it to those who feel they are not getting sufficient answers elsewhere.
|I epected better than this Jan 14, 2007|
|As someone who believes in God and miracles I can't get over how poorly this book attempts to affirm my own beliefs.|
It doesn't take Lewis long to shoot himself in the foot. On page 8 he claims that naturalists (atheists) don't believe in free will but on page seven he said that everyone can agree that humans can circumvent the natural order. His own examples are a man washing his dog so it doesn't get fleas and restraining oneself from kissing an attractive woman.
If I wrote a book claiming that Christians didn't believe in free will because they believe everything is part of Gods plan, I would be wrong, but it would be more accurate than his assumption because I could draw a parallel between what many describe as "God's plan" and the definition of predetermination.
Unfortunately this wasn't an isolated incident. His entire defense of miracles consists of stating assumptions about "naturalists" as if they were facts, making no attempt to provide examples for his assumptions, then finishing off his straw-man with a great leap of logic.
The book's premise is flawed considering he starts by saying the problem with many historians is that they set out to study religion with the presupposition that miracles aren't possible thus influencing their conclusions. Said by the man who admits that he's not an historian and then wrote a book criticizing them by starting with the presupposition that miracles are possible.
Doing the opposite of a mistake doesn't mean you're doing the right thing. You're probably just making the same mistake from the opposite direction.
Just stick to your religious texts of choice. It's rare for an apologist to outsmart anyone but himself.
"If the existence of God could be proven, what would be the value of faith?" - Joseph Cambell
|Miracles by C.S. Lewis Aug 26, 2006|
|C. S. Lewis is an easy read. This book is not about every day miracles, in fact Lewis would make a case against such things. This is a book about the miracle of the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. While I do not agree with what Lewis sets out in the book, I suggest that everyone read it because it helped formulate and put words to what I do believe.|
|Six Stars! Aug 24, 2006|
|Without doubt, one of the most powerful books I've ever read. C. S. Lewis considers the possiblity of miracles, raising all (and I mean, all) the doubts that vaguely rumble around in my head. Lewis articulates those doubts with masterful grace and clarity. |
In the first half/two-thirds of the book, he argues for the possiblity of miracles as such. He then turns to the specific miracles of Christianity, particularly the Incarnation, and makes his case for believing them.
His thinking is profound, but his expression is clear and fully readable for the average person. Much of his thought centers on the question of Nature--is the natural world everything that exists, or is there more? Lewis lived in a highly materialist culture where people were conditioned to think that science is "real" and religion is superstition. Since we're in the same situation, Lewis' patient yet mercilessly logical arguments still hit us in all the right spots.
Two quotes to give you a flavor of his writing...
"If we are content to go back and become humble plain men obeying a tradition, well. If we are ready to climb and struggle on till we become sages ourselves, better still. But the man who will neigher obey wisdom in others nor adventure for her/himself is fatal."
[Writing about the Incarnation.] "The credibility will depend on the extent to which the doctrine, if accepted, can illuminate and integrate that whole mass. It is much less important that the doctrine itself should be fully comprehensible."
Lewis has made me think about Nature in a totally new way. He makes God more than a mere idea. He makes God real, alive, concrete, tangible. For a Christian reader, I think "Miracles" will strengthen belief because it relies on and appeals to common sense and serious reflection. The non-Christian reader should also enjoy the book; Lewis is unwaverlingly polite and respectful of all points of view. This is not surprising, since Lewis himself had been a serious skeptic before his conversion.
|A Divine Work Jul 13, 2006|
|This is not a book about the miraculous in every day life- about how miracles occur for the average person, and how to experience them. There are a lot of good books on those subjects. This is not one of them. It is however a much-needed book on the theoretical miraculous. Can miracles occur? What does it mean when they do? How do they fit in with reality?|
Lewis answers in the affirmative- miracles do occur. Indeed a substantial portion of the book is an apologetic explaining how the miraculous can and does occur, despite the misgivings of philosophical Naturalism. For this purposes he initially sets up the proofs of a spiritual realm and of God. Ironically for a theoretical work, Lewis shows us how the miraculous is not contrary to the natural and physical world, but fits fully within it, or rather without. While not actually being part of the physical the miraculous partakes of the physical, or rather, the physical partakes of it. This is perhaps the genius of Lewis' book, that he shows how a miracle never suspends the laws of nature, but is fully what we would expect if there were laws of nature as well as a divine nature.
From here Lewis looks at particular miracles, particularly the greatest miracle of all, the Incarnation, and how this moment was what all of space and time leads up to and reflects upon. He also analyzes miracles and the different imports of various types historically recorded. Throughout he writes with his customary wisdom and wit, analyzing in common language what we had always somewhat already known, but never well enough to emerge into the conscious mind so that we could act upon it. For that, we need C.S. Lewis.
I found this book immensely illuminating. Though theoretical, it encourages the reader to embark on a journey beyond the mundane, to expand the horizons, to see the reality that is beyond all reality. Miracles exist for a purpose, Lewis tells us. They are not just dropped as a "God in the gaps", to fill a niggling problem that we cannot otherwise solve. They exist to reveal something greater, namely God. I was encouraged, overwhelmed with joy, as I read what Lewis revealed in new ways- the great miracle of the resurrection. But it doesn't end there. For just as miracles are part and parcel of the natural order, so is the resurrection. Above all the Christian religion can not be divorced from the miraculous. Nearly every other religion could survive without it- in Christianity, one particular miracle is so central that without it there is no meaningful religion. If Jesus is not God made man, and subsequently died and resurrected, there really is no point to believing the whole yarn.
And the resurrection allows for the resurrection of us all. Lewis has shown us that Christianity is not a mystical spiritualist religion, denying creation. Dualism of that sort was considered heresy millennia ago. Just as miracles could not deny the natural order without denying both science and the central doctrine of Christianity, so the resurrection mandates a resurrection of the physical as well as the spiritual. That's exciting news. Not just a new Spirit, but a new creation. Lewis forced me to contemplate that anew as he delved into what that might mean. What it fully means we can not this side of Eternity truly know. But it's going to be fun.
I wish he had stopped there. For his final page dampens the ardor of the book. There he discusses how miracles are unlikely to occur for the average person- they occur but rarely in history.
Ironically, Lewis seems to fall for the same problem he has been attacking throughout his book. He explains how the Naturalist is unable to accept the miraculous because they allow the natural mind to take control, rather than their reason, which itself is evidence of the supernatural. Lewis has not taken the time and study to look for the miraculous and to practice it in everyday life. For make no mistake, such requires time and study. It requires a willingness to be observant and attendant, and to practice, again and again. Not to make stuff up or assume the miraculous is present when it is not- Lewis is right in warning us against that error. But in an age of Naturalism, we have become attuned to not look for the miraculous, and we are all susceptible to this. Just so then we must needs train to see it again.
Secondly, I and others I know have experienced many miracles in life. They are rare, assuredly. But they do occur.
Lastly, Lewis does discuss these "everyday" miracles in his second appendix on Providence. He does a very good job of explaining there how predestination and free-will intermix to allow for the miraculous. But he would seek to reduce this to the natural order of things. God in all His foreknowledge determined the right order of events, incorporating our prayers, and answers to our prayers, within His divine plan. Well and good. But if this then denies the miraculous element of answers to prayers, it also strips away the miraculous from*every* event. For the miracles of Jesus would also then be simply part of His divine plan. Indeed, more so than any other, the Grand Miracle, of the Incarnation and Resurrection, are part of His divine plan, and therefore part of providence. Stating that an everyday answer to prayer is providence and therefore not miraculous cheats the miraculous of any power it has at all.
To find out how miracles can be every day, how they are freely available, how healing can be part of your life in a meaningful way, pick up another book, like those by Peter Wagner. To find out how miracles are possible, how their presence allows us to transcend this earthly plane by fully incorporating the earthiness of life, read and dive into this book.
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