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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830828087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830828081
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''The essays in this collection cast plenty of light on the thinking of the man who was probably the greatest Christian apologist of the twentieth century.'' --Church Newspaper

''The essay by Jean Bethke Elshtain, explicating The Abolition of Man, is so powerfully written and exquisitely reasoned as to make it alone worth the cost of the entire book.'' --Christian Librarian --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Editors: David J. Baggett (Ph.D., Wayne State University) is associate professor of philosophy at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the coeditor (with Shawn Kline) of the book Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts.

Gary R. Habermas (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Distinguished Research Professor and chair of the department of philosophy and theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the author, coauthor or editor of twenty-seven books including Resurrected? An Atheist & Deist Dialogue (with A. Flew), The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (with M. Licona), The Risen Jesus & Future Hope, The Resurrection: Heart of New Testament Doctrine and The Resurrection: Heart of the Christian Life.

Jerry L. Walls is professor of philosophy of religion at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His annual C. S. Lewis seminar is one of the school's most popular offerings. He is also author of Hell: The Logic of Damnation.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Granger on September 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
'C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty' is a valuable contribution to the critical literature of a neglected aspect of Lewis' work. Owen Barfield once said that everything Lewis thought was evident in anything he wrote; to get at the heart of his popular fiction, juvenile and adult, and his Christian apologetics, the Lewis reader needs to understand at least in part Lewis' philosophic positions because he was, by training and at least partially by disposition, a philosopher.

This collection of essays delivers on its promised explorations of Lewis' ideas about 'Truth, Goodness, and Beauty' in the breadth of its explorations, the depth and cogency of its arguments, the beauty of the book inside and out, and the clarity and crispness of the prose, which, though written predominantly by professional philosophers, is mercifully free of academic jargon.

Three essays I enjoyed very much and which stretched my thinking as well as my understanding and appreciation of Lewis were Victor Reppert's 'Update on Lewis' Argument from Reason,' Gregory Bassham's 'On the Power of the Imagination,' and Peter Kreeft's opening work on 'Truth, Goodness, and Beauty' that sets the engaging, challenging tone of the collection. What I learned from this fraction of the whole (a fifth!) justified many times the cost of the book.

Again, Lewis as Philosopher and Lewis as Social Critic are the neglected aspects of this brilliant Renaissance Man (as much as the Medievalist might have disliked that term). 'C. S. Lewis as Philosopher' is a valuable addition to the growing awareness of this don and his relevance in understanding virtue, art, and reality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Glutton on September 14, 2013
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I came to this book in a haphazard fashion. I was reading Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints, which dug deeply into some of Thomas Merton's thinking. For instance, "Why do we have to spend our lives striving to be something we would never want to be, if we only knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things which, if we only stopped to think about them, are just the opposite of what we were made for?"

This somehow led me to listen to a talk by the celebrated philosopher Peter Kreeft (who recently wrote Jacob's Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth), on the Good True and Beautiful. I found it online. Kreeft's numerous references to C. S. Lewis and the brilliant thoughts quoted from him were enough to warrant spending some of my time with the thoughts of Lewis. I chose this book because of its title and especially because Peter Kreeft was the author of the first essay found inside, "Lewis's Philosophy of Truth, Goodness and Beauty," which is probably the best essay in the book.

Since, Philosophy is the "love of Wisdom," calling Lewis a Philosopher is merely owning up to the fact that wisdom is found throughout all of his works. The range of his thought is not captured in a single volume. Rather, it is found in the rich nuggets spread throughout all of his works. A quote from Owen Barfield sort of summarizes the quality of thought found sprinkled among all his works, "what he thought about everything was secretly present in what he said about anything.
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