C. S. Lewis Resources, Pro And Con

Compiled by Edward T. Babinski

C.S. Lewis Resources
  1. Christians Who Praise C. S. Lewisʼs Writings

  2. Christians Who Criticize C. S. Lewisʼs Presentation Of Christianity

  3. Admiring Readers Of C. S. Lewis Who Later Left Christianity

  4. Critiques Of C. S. Lewisʼs Arguments


  1. Christians Who Praise C. S. Lewisʼs Writings

    Forgive the shortness of this list, thereʼs nearly 1 & 1/2 million hits for “C. S. Lewis” on the web, and the vast majority of them are from people who praise his writings. So, I shall name a few fairly prominent representatives who have praised Lewis recently.)


  2. Christians Who Criticize C. S. Lewisʼs Presentation Of Christianity


  3. Admiring Readers Of C. S. Lewis Who Later Left Christianity


  4. Critiques Of C. S. Lewisʼs Arguments

    • Philosopher John Beversluis composed in 1985 what has become the leading (and perhaps only) book-length critique of the apologetics arguments of C. S. Lewis, a book that also includes Lewisʼs replies to letters Beversluis wrote him. The book is titled, C. S. Lewis And The Search For Rational Religion, and the revised and updated edition is due to appear July 2007 — In it Beversluis critically yet sympathetically examines Lewisʼs “case for Christianity,” including Lewisʼs “argument from desire” — the “inconsolable longing” that he interpreted as a pointer to a higher reality; his moral argument for the existence of a Power behind the moral law; his contention that reason cannot be adequately explained in naturalistic terms; and his solution to the Problem of Evil. In addition, Beversluis considers issues in the philosophy of religion that developed late in Lewisʼs life. He concludes with a discussion of Lewisʼs crisis of faith after the death of his wife. Finally, in this second edition, Beversluis replies to critics of the first edition. {250pp, July 2007; Prometheus Books}

    • Joe Edward Barnhard (philosophy professor, author and a former Christian whose testimony appears in Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists), has an article online titled, “The Relativity of Biblical Ethics” that includes quotations from a few of C. S. Lewisʼs letters to John Beversluis.
      http://web.archive.org/web/20061117001328/http://www.positiveatheism.org/writ/bibethics.htm
      [at the site above, scroll down the page till you get to Barnhardʼs article]

    • Francis Collins, the theistic evolutionist author of books about God and science, and who heads the Human Genome project, employs C. S. Lewisʼs argument concerning the miracle of morality. Collinsʼs Lewisian argument is critiqued here:
      http://www.pandasthumb.org/archives/2006/10/francis_collins_2.html#comments

    • “C.S. Lewis, Instinct, and the Moral Law” — Discusses an argument by C.S. Lewis that aimed to show that we must believe in God because nothing else could explain the high levels of intersubjective agreement on moral issues we(apparently) observe.
      Source: Philosophy Carnival #33
      http://philosophycarnival.blogspot.com/

    • N. F. Gier — author of God, Reason, and the Evangelicals (University Press of America, 1987), chapter 10, “Theological Ethics”
      http://web.archive.org/web/20060316231629/http://www.class.uidaho.edu/ngier/theoethics.htm

    • Dr. Robert M. Price on C. S. Lewisʼs arguments — Google Robert Price (or Robert M. Price) and C. S. Lewis together to find where Price mentions and critiques statements by C. S. Lewis for instance, Lewisʼs misunderstanding of Hume is mentioned in Priceʼs article, “Glenn Miller on Miracles”
      http://www.edwardtbabinski.us/skepticism/price_miller.html

    • Jack D. Lenzo “The Jackal” (Murrieta, CA USA), reviewing The Born Again Skepticʼs Guide To The Bible by Ruth Hurmence Green (raised Methodist): “Iʼve read much of CS Lewis and considered him the ‘thinking manʼs’ proponent to Christianity. After reading ‘The Book of Ruth (Hurmence),’ I feel logically duped by Lewisʼ Mere Christianity. Ruth sets it straight using the Bible itself. A divinely inspired book should not have to use subtle logic employed by Lewis. I wonder what he would say to Ruthʼs clear, dead on approach that he hasnʼt said about Freud? Hmmm…”
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1877733016/104-9910193-3787145?v=glance&n=283155

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