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The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society [Paperback]

John G. West

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery Institute Press; 1 edition (Sept. 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936599058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936599059
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beloved for his Narnian tales and books of Christian apologetics, bestselling British writer C. S. Lewis also was a perceptive critic of the growing power of scientism, the misguided effort to apply science to areas outside its proper bounds. In this wide-ranging book of essays, contemporary writers probe Lewis’s prophetic warnings about the dehumanizing impact of scientism on ethics, politics, faith, reason, and science itself. Issues explored include Lewis’s views on bioethics, eugenics, evolution, intelligent design, and what he called “scientocracy.” Contributors include Michael Aeschliman, Victor Reppert, Jay Richards, and C. John Collins.

About the Author

John G. West is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is co-editor of The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and author of The Politics of Revelation and Reason and Darwin Day in America. He has been interviewed by major media outlets including Newsweek, USA Today, and the New York Times, and CNN, FoxNews, and C-SPAN. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Claremont Graduate University and he formerly was the chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a study of Lewis' Ideas on Darwinism. Sept. 30 2012
By The Professor - Published on Amazon.com
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The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, adds to the literature on the still very popular Oxford professor, bestselling British writer C. S. Lewis. This excellent work documents by quoting extensively from his own works that Lewis was a perceptive critic of the problem of scientism. It demolishes the common claim, such as that by Michael Peterson in his article "C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design" published in a recent Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith journal, that Lewis would have opposed Intelligent Design. The editor of The Magician's Twin also examined Lewis' personal library, which contained around 40 books on science, many that dealt with evolution. We can glean lewis' thoughts about evolution from these books because he made insightful annotations in some of his books. The Magician's Twin concluded that, even before he became a Christian, Lewis had a healthy skepticism of the claims of science, and especially Darwinism. The 345 page The Magician's Twin volume makes a convincing case that Lewis was clearly supportive of Intelligent Design, and increasingly so as he grew older. Furthermore, Lewis effectively rebutted several key objections raised against the modern theory of Intelligent Design. The book will appeal not only to Lewis fans, but both supporters and distracters of Intelligent Design claims.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener Dec 19 2012
By Ben Ramirez - Published on Amazon.com
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This certainly opens the mind, and your eyes, to the true nature of the world. Helps you to see our rebellion against God firsthand. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing the science faith story Oct. 23 2012
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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C.S. Lewis wrote a lot about how our culture is influenced by science. Beginning with exposing myths about rational thinking during the 'Dark Ages'. Lewis goes on to detail his rising concern over the influence of naturalistic, humanist philosophy prompted by scientists with implications for religious thinking. Thanks to J. West's thorough research amongst the many Lewis manuscripts, we have at hand a greater, more truthful understanding of Lewis' mind regarding evolution in particular and scientism in general. It's all up to date! Fascinating read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Demythologizing Dec 4 2012
By Phillip H. Steiger - Published on Amazon.com
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C.S. Lewis is astoundingly popular among evangelical readers and even has a cottage industry of academics who trace his life and thought in almost every conceivable way. Until now, however, Lewis' treatment of science and scientism - and specifically his views on evolution - has remained largely unanalyzed. In large part because of this neglect a few of his better known passages concerning science and evolution have lead many to assume that Lewis was friendly to some form of what we would call Darwinian change over time. The Magician's Twin begs to differ, and it does so with well argued and thoroughly documented chapters.

A collection of several essays from many different authors crossing several fields of interest, it lays out a convincing case that Lewis cannot be tied too closely to Darwinism and that he had significant misgivings about the philosophy and application of scientism. So it behooves the reader to be sensitive to several distinctions made abundantly clear by Lewis and in the book - `evolution' and `evoltionism', `science' and `scientism', just to name two of the more prominent distinctions made by the authors and editor.

A careful reading will help the reader debunk a multitude of historical myths and pop-philosophical hand-waving gestures. Were the Middle Ages really dominated by an anti-science church? Did humanity really awaken to scientific truths only after the Enlightenment? Will science serve the advancement of the human species well? Can we disconnect technology from ethical and religions reflection and walk away unscathed? The answers Lewis provided and argued for will surprise most people.

This volume is valuable on several levels. First of all if you are interested in Lewis and his take on the world, you will probably find things in this book you may not have seen before. Additionally if you want to step out of the conventional wisdom that currently holds scientific reflection by the throat, Lewis will make a tremendous guide.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read; couple chapters very heavy Nov. 3 2012
By Marmot Ridge - Published on Amazon.com
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Deciphering the writings of a dead man is difficult at best, especially when that man was prolific throughout a lifetime. C. S. Lewis was a prolific writer. Nevertheless, he was a thinker, which means that he became very consistent and logical over his years. The Magician's Twin shows his love for science and his understanding that science would have a power over man that, unleashed, could devour man and make him less than man.

These essays help us understand both Lewis' thinking and the dangers inherent in a morally unleashed technology.

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