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By David G. Clark

During this attractive booklet David Clark courses the reader during the theology of CS Lewis and illuminates the use and realizing of scripture within the works of this renowned author.

  • Examines his lifestyles, paintings, global view, and the consequences of his theology with regards to his different writings
  • Looks at Lewis’ ideals at the subject matters of redemption, humanity, non secular progress, purgatory, and resurrection
  • Examines the various views on Lewis and his paintings: as prophet, evangelist, and as a religious mentor
  • Explores the variety and impact of Lewis’ paintings, from the bestselling apologetic, Mere Christianity, to the world-famous Chronicles of Narnia
  • Features specially-commissioned paintings throughout
  • Written in an obtainable sort for normal readers, scholars, and students, and may introduce Lewis’ theology to a much wider audience.

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The word ‘‘macrobe’’ does double service; Lewis avoids turning off the reader who doesn’t want Scripture to intrude into science fiction, and he also gives the impression that NICE views them simply as larger microbes rather than spirit beings. Lewis uses MacPhee, one of Ransom’s household in That Hideous Strength (a logical skeptic probably modeled after Lewis’s admired atheist teacher, Kirkpatrick), to give us a different perspective. He describes angels to Jane as ‘‘eldils’’ (the ‘‘positive’’ word for angels in the trilogy) which live in space, can alight on a planet like a bird on a branch, don’t breathe or reproduce, and some are ‘‘more or less permanently attached to particular planets’’ (THS: 191).

But that power could show itself by putting within us an influence that tells us how we ought to behave, and that is exactly what the moral law does. This law also tells us about its author, and the news may not be to our liking! The law is hard and unyielding, telling us to do the right thing even when acting morally may be painful or dangerous. Moreover, ‘‘If God is like the Moral Law, then He is not soft’’ (MC: 25). If an impersonal mind is behind the law, then we can’t expect it to give us any slack.

He is the judge: God is in the dock . . I am very far from believing that I have found the solution of this problem. (‘‘God in the Dock’’ in GID: 243–4) There were other obstacles as well. Would logic based upon quarrels reach the atheist, a conviction Lewis knew about firsthand? Perhaps it would convince some, but it didn’t convince Lewis. But looking back after his conversion, he came to From Atheist to Apologist 29 believe that the quarrel approach did have something to say to the atheist, and might have helped him in his search for God if someone had explained it to him.

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