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"God and the Reach of Reason ... is must reading for Lewis fans who value -- as Lewis himself pre-eminently did -- clear prose and rigorous logic." --Faith and Philosophy

"Clear, precise, insightful, and philosophically rigorous...Anyone with an interest in the philosophical merits of the theistic arguments given by Lewis will profit from carefully reading God and the Reach of Reason." --Philosophia Christi

"God and the Reach of Reason is an enjoyable and informative read. ... I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a critical interpretation and assessment of C.S. Lewis's views on religion." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"...a thought-provoking work that touches on a number of interesting topics."
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"This is a well written book that can catch the attention of a wide readership interested in theology, ethics and the philosophy of religion."
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This book puts C. S. Lewis, one of Christianity's beloved modern apologists, and David Hume and Bertrand Russell, among Christianity's most important critics, in conversation with one another on various important questions: the existence of God, suffering, morality, reason, joy, miracles and faith.
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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521707102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521707107
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Saganite VINE VOICE on October 5, 2007
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This is a worthy follow-up to Wielenberg's excellent "Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe." Using a "conversation" among C.S. Lewis, Bertrand Russell (who plays more of a cameo role), and David Hume, Wielenberg explores key arguments for and against the Christian god. He plays fair with all the arguments, going so far as to put weaker arguments in a better and brighter modern light, and pointing out drawbacks to venerable and well-respected older arguments. If the hellfire and brimstone "New Atheists" have piqued your interest in faith-free thought, the much gentler, more amiable tone Wielenberg adopts in this book will probably give you more space and quiet to think through the issues raised in the more hysterical screeds. For example, while some non-Christian authors dismiss Lewis with a hand-wave and one-finger salute, Wielenberg recognize that Lewis's arguments are novel and often ahead of their time. And sometimes, as with his argument from Reason, quite convincing.

One area where I might have taken an additional step that Wielenberg has not taken is to suggest that, far from being the near-tie that he portrays the debate between theism and atheism being, the very fact that God's existence is so arguable is a perhaps deciding factor in favor of atheism. If, as Lewis maintains, God wishes to make himself known to us and our ultimate happiness depends on a relationship with Him (to the extent that God will use severe pain as his "megaphone" to get our attention), why is this same God so coy? The fact that such a conversation is possible, and that upon final reflection, while theism remains a bare possibility, atheism has the better arguments, IN ITSELF seems to argue strongly against a personal God.
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A great opportunity to share in the age old debate betweem three great minds. Regardless of your personal beliefs about who, what and the why
of creation, I believe you will enjoy this book.

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