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Miracles Paperback – April 21, 2015
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Do miracles really happen? Can we know if the supernatural world exists? "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." In Miracles, C. S. Lewis takes this key idea and shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in creation. Using his characteristic warmth, lucidity, and wit, Lewis challenges the rationalists and cynics who are mired in their lack of imagination and provides a poetic and joyous affirmation that miracles really do occur in everyday lives.
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There are a number of strengths to this book which continue to make the book solidly relevant better than forty years after the revised edition came out. Lewis cuts to the heart of the matter very quickly in asserting that rejection of miracles apriori is a common attitude that at its core, is anti-intellectual. Attempts to base rejection of miracles on probabilities, as Hume tried to do, are philosophically untenable and require a betrayal of basic realities that are universally accepted.
Lewis then systematically dismantles the worldview that tends to most cradle apriori miracle rejection, naturalism. He compellingly shows that naturalism is a worldview that cannot stand up to philosophical scrutiny. Key to Lewis's presentation is his argument that naturalism can be demonstrated to be false in its complete rejection of supernaturalism merely by the reality of reason. Logic and reason of the mind, by themselves, are supernatural acts that cannot be explained or accounted for in nature, as naturalism demands. Supernaturalism, according to Lewis is not only possible, but pervasive since the act of logical thinking itself is supernatural in origin.
Lewis then eloquently argues that the relationship between nature and the supernatural are not hostile, but complementary.Read more ›
belief in a living Christianity. As a Christian at a
secular university Miracles has proven time and again to be a
source of comfort and assurance that to be a Christian is
not to be lacking in intellect, unreasonable, or close
minded. Rather, it is the man (or woman) who is willing
to open themselves up to God who is truly to be praised for
being intelligent, reasonable, and open-minded because they
are responding to God's call to come and reason with Him --
instead of alone. Lewis was just such a man. For this,
and for the many wonderful books he has written, he has my
admiration and gratitude.
Throughout this book, C.S. Lewis drops kernels of wisdom that can provide some rather startling revelations. Of course, one sees as they are inclined to see, so the merely cynical may discover little. However, should you be willing to consider the probability or even the possibility of miracles, you might gain much from a reading. Miracles had a profound impact upon me. I sincerely hope it continues to do so. 5 huge stars.
Lewis starts with a bang, in that he shows that miracles and the uniformity of natural laws are in fact bound together. He turns the materialists' (or Naturalists', as he calls them) own guns on them by showing that Reason cannot be accounted for in science--I should also point out that these objections have also been raised by professional philosophers in epistemology and ethics, but Lewis is the only person to raise them for a wider audience. I wish I had read this book earlier, when I was first encountering David Hume, as C.S. Lewis in this part of the book exposes the philosophical sleight-of-hand Hume used to "disprove" miracles.
With this, C.S. Lewis then addresses religions which state that God does not work miracles because He does not see fit to interfere with creation and a variety of other bad metaphors and misconceptions that have cropped up. I continue to wonder at Lewis' clarity, and his understanding of the modern mind which allows him to diagnose its fallacies so well.
Academics and many other modern citizens do not question the possibility of miracles, or at any rate adhere to some faulty reason for denying their existence. I hope this book can help shake that up and get people talking about this issue with greater clarity.
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To pick this book up and expect anything other than a treatise on miracles seems naive. However, I would not recommend this as the first of Lewis' books one uses to become... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Some Writer's Life
I had to read it slowly and deliberately( and several times) because of the subject matter and writing style. But it was worth it.Published 4 months ago by Ruth L.Hays