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Where are the C.S. Lewis readers?,
This review is from: C.S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion (1985 Edition) (Paperback)
I found it interesting, given the recent success of the Chronicles of Narnia film, that the last review of Mr. Beversluis' book was more than 5 years ago. I would have guessed that the film sparked a new curiosity about the substance behind the story. Alas, I suppose most people who enjoyed the film did so because they are content with the validity of their Christian faith. However, those who want to dig deeper (as Lewis did) will find that Mr. Beversluis' book is quite thought provoking, and on many points, quite devastating.
Walter Hooper, Lewis's "official" biographer, once tried to claim that Lewis' book "A Grief Observed" was not meant to be taken as a true account of Lewis' own life, but merely a piece of fiction used to make some theological points. On this he has been overruled by the evidence. And since much of Mr. Beversluis' book centers around Lewis' crisis in "A Grief Observed," one needs to understand that book and its ultimate compromise, which Mr. Beversluis sees as critical to understanding what amounts to a flaw in Lewis' attempt to rationally defend Christianity.
As Lewis stated himself--and as Mr. Beversluis reminds us in his book--one should follow the evidence and, if it is found wanting, one should not accept the claims of Christianity as true. The great thing about this book is that you can examine the arguments advanced by Mr. Beversluis, compare them to the writings of C.S. Lewis--many of which are quoted in the book--and decide for yourself. If, that is, you have an open mind.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2007 11:14:39 AM PST
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Winston D. Jen says:
The world is far better off without Lewis.
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