In this text, Lewis attempts to show that a Christian must not only accept but also rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the personal involvement of God in his creation He challenges the rationalists, agnostics and deists on their own grounds.
Miracles In this text Lewis attempts to show that a Christian must not only accept but also rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the personal involvement of God in his creation He challenges the rationalists
Most people here on will have had the experience of meeting an intelligent, witty, well informed person who holds views that you absolutely do not agree with, but who defends them with imagination and force This can often lead to extraordinarily enjoyable discussions, even if, at the end, your beliefs at least, the ones you are aware of have not been changed at all Well, reading Miracles was rather like that for me, which is why I m prepared to give it three stars Lewis presents a defence of mir [...]
My inveterate hatred of magazines began during my sopho year of college I was at a friend s apartment, waiting for him to get out of the shower, when I noticed a TIME magazine on his coffee table It had a big picture of Jesus on it, with the headline What Do We Really Know About Jesus At the time I was an atheist or, accurately, an agnostic But I d spent quite a bit of time in class that year reading and discussing significant portions of the Old and New Testaments, as well as translating parts [...]
I must admit that I think I did not fully understand what this book was trying to tell me However, I am happy to say that I gave this book a chance I read each word slowly and carefully even if I had engaging fiction books in my currently reading folder You see, I earlier read and liked his two later works, A Grief Observed 1961 and Mere Christianity 1957 before reading this earlier book that was first published in 1947 So, I invited some members of our book club to read this with me They agree [...]
This is a clear 5 star book I was flat out stunned by how wrong my prior expectations were for this book I imagined this to be a less formal discussion on what miracles meant to Christians and maybe why God uses them, etc.This is a philosophy book It is the most intellectually challenging CS Lewis book I ve read and it is totally worth it This book uses logic and clear language to present a case for Divinity in general and the existence of the Supernatural It then describes how miracles are cent [...]
I am trying to read through Lewis s Canon which is extremely fluid in places, not quite as canonized as Shakespeare This book is pure Lewis He takes a subject and logically works his way through it We do not always understand what he is saying but he says it so well we do not care.I always feel sad while reading Lewis that he is dead and not sitting across from me at the Bird and the Baby.
Excellent Went through it again in March of 2016 Richer each time.
Miracles is dense so than any Lewis book we ve read this term The entire book is a somewhat stealth exercise in Lewis presuppositional apologetic By that I mean not that Lewis argues with the non Christian from some imaginary set of shared presuppositions, but that he deftly dismantles the non Christian s presuppositions, leaving him standing there, naked, ashamed, and in desperate need of the Gospel And he does it all before the non Christian knows what s happened.It s kind of like one giant n [...]
Miracle has become a dirty word in modern society People generally view miracles as being, by their very definition, things that cannot possibly occur therefore, anyone who argues for their existence is demonstrably an idiot In this book, though, Lewis argues that miracles are only impossible so long as people consider Nature to encompass the entirety of all existence He then capably demonstrates that Nature actually doesn t, thereby opening up an extensive range of fascinating possibility Lewis [...]
I hate to say that this was not my favorite C.S Lewis book so far Without a class discussion, I m not sure I could have waded through half of the arguments Lewis brings up It was intended for those who are skeptical of miracles, and that subject was definitely one that I have wondered about I am a Latter day Saint, and I believe in miracles But I have always been under the impression that God would use natural laws to govern those miracles, and they are miraculous because we do not understand th [...]
In this book, Lewis presents a curious blend of simplicity and deeply intellectual thought that requires one s whole attention to fully comprehend his meaning I preferred taking a long time to sift through the material instead of rushing through, due to the heady concepts portrayed.Oftentimes, I forgot that he was specifically addressing the plausibility of miracles, so I cannot say for certain how well he defends their possibility in this book I was caught up in the gems of insight that litter [...]
Already one of my favorites of C.S Lewis books The arguments for the existence of the supernatural and hence, God are much thoroughly expounded in this volume than in the classic Mere Christianity As with his other books that I ve read, there is much in this one that is simply beyond me I try to follow the reasoning and get lost somewhere along the way Or sometimes I just have no idea what he s talking about But in the parts I can understand and grasp, I discover many priceless treasures This b [...]
Finally finished It was hard which is why it took me so long but good It mostly made sense, and I think I mostly agreed with it And it s C S Lewis How can I not like it
This was a very difficult read for me but I m glad that I was able to read it.
I loved the first few chapters of this book His whole philosophy on logic s place in naturalism was pretty darn brilliant In fact, if he had just left it at the first four or so chapters, it would ve been great It wasn t until he got into Christian miracles that I started getting bored.The problem is that he starting waxing lyrical It became less about the truth and about what sounded beautiful Personally, I don t enjoy the concept of a suffering God, but it clearly mesmerised him His long wind [...]
I really enjoyed Lewis logical arguments He is such a brilliant writer Cosmo and I were laughing and I even teared up at one point, so it was a great read It is a profound mistake to imagine that Christianity ever intended to dissipate the bewilderment and even the terror, the sense of our own nothingness, which come upon us when we think about the nature of things It comes to intensify them Without such sensations there is no religion Many a man, brought up in the glib profession of some shallo [...]
I won t even pretend that I was able to follow Mr Lewis as deeply into this subject as he was able to go but I do feel I came away from this book with an understanding of several concepts which I had not considered For me hopefully this book is a seed that will grow after further contemplation While the audiobook was very well done, I do feel I would have benefited by reading the actual text.
Excellent book Speaks to the issues of science religion, nature, miracles, the new atheists, progressive Christianity, etc If lots of people read this, lots of silly arguments would not be engaged
This is my second or third time through First read as a student in college years ago This time it is making much sense and I understand the issues much better He anticipates what many critics of miracles are even now saying and answers them well.
This makes perfect sense to me.
Read for an undergraduate class in 2005, again on a C.S Lewis binge in April 2014, and now again in March 2015 to teach Five stars every time.
C S Lewis brilliant, as always This is not an easy read, but full of tremendous insights and helps in sorting out our thinking In reality we hate the division which makes possible the conception of either corpse or ghost Because the thing ought not to be divided, each of the halves into which it falls by division is detestable Almost the whole of Christian theology could perhaps be deduced from the two facts a That men make coarse jokes, and b That they feel the dead to be uncanny.
Dense but fantastic An impersonal God well and good A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads better still A formless life force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap best of all But God himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, King, husband that is quite another matter.
This is the second C.S Lewis book I ve read covering Christianity, and is a good read Miracles isn t quite as straightforward and easy to digest as Mere Christianity but still very good C.S Lewis has a very different way of looking at things than I m used to, with his skeptical background.
One of the most mocked aspects of the Christian faith is the existence of miracles In fact, the very heart of the Christian faith is based on a miracle How can one believe in Christianity unless one believes in miracles, or at least is willing to allow for their existence The simple answer, according to C S Lewis, is that they can t In his book, Miracles, Lewis defended the logic of believing in such supernatural events In a fashion that those who have read his other Apologetics works will recog [...]
C.S Lewis tries mightily to make a case for Miracles, but this is not the typical Christian case of trying to prove miraculous events as either somehow scientifically valid or as the works of a God who capriciously interferes with the laws of nature C.S Lewis attacks the idea of miracles from a philosophic and theological vantage point and says that, in the end, science is irrelevant.He does this in a psuedo logical way, by introducing propositional statements and declaring them valid, and then [...]
4.5, rounded up because it is Lewis Brilliant Beyond me Some of his arguments felt over my head, yet it didn t take long for me to pick up his train of thought Perhaps the greatest part of Lewis s genius is his ability to make the complex understandable Miracles looks broadly at worldviews and is as much an argument for Christianity as for the existence of miracles In fact, that is probably inescapable, as so much of Christianity depends on the miraculous A very profound book that is fun but not [...]
If you are going to give this book ago, I d advise allowing yourself plenty of time Some chapters are quick and easy, but others took a bit of time to digest I read it for a group buddy read so to prepare for the upcoming discussion, I took notes and really tried to comprehend the arguments I hadn t delved into something like this in a long time, so I found the exercise of even trying to understand the book immensely interesting.Unlike Mere Christianity, the arguments in Miracles don t build lik [...]
I only read the first half of this book and don t know that I ll finish it, not because it isn t good, but because I m not too interested in a Christian apologetic based on miracles The first half, however, is a very good examination of what Lewis sees as the only two possible worldviews, naturalism and supernaturalism To question whether miracles exist, Lewis first tries to settle the question of whether all that exists and has ever existed is the universe the position of the naturalist or whet [...]
This book has profoundly influenced the way I understand the world C.S Lewis never ceases to provoke, engage, and comfort me Thoroughly enjoyed has already sparked lots of interesting conversations If we are content to go back and become humble, plain men obeying a tradition, well If we are ready to climb and struggle on till we become sages ourselves, better still But the man who will neither obey wisdom in others nor adventure for her himself is fatal A society where the simple many obey the f [...]