Friday, March 10, 2006

Book Review: C S Lewis's Case for Christ

C S Lewis is one of the most well known apologists for Christianity and millions of Christians (and non-Christians) have gained invaluable help from his writings. In C S Lewis's Case for Christ: Insights from Reason, Imagination and Faith, Art Lindsley has given us a superb summary of Lewis's journey of faith which eventually brought him to the point where he accepted Christianity. The book is structured into 14 chapters, each of which begins with a dialogue between a group of people meeting at a modern bookstore to discuss Lewis's ideas. With brilliant clarity, Lindsley explains Lewis's thinking on such questions as What were Lewis's obstacles to faith? What does a two-thousand-year-old religion have to do with me? How can I believe in God when there is so much evil, pain and suffering in the world? Isn't Christianity just one myth among many? Who needs faith? Isn't faith merely imaginary? Isn't belief in God just a crutch for needy people? and more. All of the questions that Lewis deals with are still relevant in our modern day and he even had things to say about contemporary ideologies such as post-modernism (although it wasn't called that then) and relativism. Lindsley writes with a deep familiarity of Lewis's writings and by the end of the book his respect and appreciation for Lewis shine through. Lewis tackled big questions with a profound simplicity and remarkable clarity and Lindsley brings both of these characteristics to his own writing about Lewis. If you are looking for a book that answers tough questions by bringing C S Lewis "alive" again, then look no further. It portrays an intelligent faith (no, this is not an oxymoron) that is unafraid to question and explore with an open mind. A truly excellent book!

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