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Miracles Audio CD – Nov 30 2000
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"I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration."-- John Updike"If I were ever to stray into the Christian camp, it would be because of Lewis's arguments as expressed in books like "Miracles."-- Kenneth Tynan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Do miracles really happen? Can we know if the supernatural world exists? "The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." In Miracles, C. S. Lewis takes this key idea and shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in creation. Using his characteristic warmth, lucidity, and wit, Lewis challenges the rationalists and cynics who are mired in their lack of imagination and provides a poetic and joyous affirmation that miracles really do occur in everyday lives.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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Widger makes three inadequate criticisms against Lewis' argument. The second and third basically amount to the same critique, so I'll group them together.
1.)Widger says, "First, although he is right that a logical ground for a belief is not the same kind of cause as 'non-rational causation' and although he is also right that a belief being physically caused would not mean that it was proved, it does not follow that having a physical cause would ipso facto prove falsehood."
2.)Widger claims Lewis is arguing to the supernatural through ignorance, and then elucidates some problems with arguing from ignorance.
1.) Lewis never says that having a physical cause proves falsehood ipso facto. He makes this clear by talking about human thought as the border of two frontiers. He says it can be physically accounted for in the brain, but that the brain itself can never give a fully adequate account of reasoning. Just because the water in a fishbowl always moves when the fish moves, doesn't mean the fish is the water. Or that all the movements of the water can be fully explained by the water itself.
2.) Lewis is not arguing from ignorance; he's arguing from reason. He's saying you could never give a complete account of reason through irrational causation. Saying you could would be like saying you could have a round triangle.Read more ›
The scope, of course, goes far beyond miracles. In analyzing the probability of such events, Lewis examines Pantheism vs. Christianity, and the idea of a Nature that is completely independent of any outside interference (even God's). His argument that the laws and 'nature' of Nature are not violated by miracles is convincing, as is his argument that miracles are, in fact, necessary. For Lewis, a miracle wrought by the Creator of mankind is really nothing extraordinary. Some miracles, such as the water being turned into wine, simply skip a step or two. Instead of water nourishing a vine that eventually produces grapes for wine, Christ merely eliminates the intermediary steps. Other miracles, such as Christ's Resurrection, are simply a glance at what's to come, when everyone will be resurrected.
Whether or not you agree with Lewis, his argument is worth considering. Like most of his work, this book is written for believer and skeptic alike, and provides a stimulating analysis of the probability of miracles occurring. This one belongs on the shelf of any Christian thinker, and will prove a stimulating read for students of philosophy as well.
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Great book ! CS LEWIS is fantastic !if you are a Christian ar an atheist, this is a GREAT book ! Try it out !Published on Feb. 20 2012 by releu
Miracles by C.S. Lewis is a very intellectual look at the phenomenon of miracles. In fact, a great deal of the book deals with how you define miracles, what your presuppositions... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2011 by Adam
C.S. Lewis presents a great deal of solid philisophical material here. One suprise for me was that at a couple points, Lewis seems to come across as more presuppositional than... Read morePublished on May 28 2007 by Mark Nenadov
. . . like I do, I strongly suggest We All Fall Down, by Brian Caldwell. Like Lewis, Caldwell takes an intellectual aproach to the concept of Christianity. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Mike
A wonderful explanation of the supernatural... perhaps best read after Mere Christianity... also, the C.S. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Julie A Scott
I loved the intellectual craft of this book. It was metally and spiritually refreshing to read, though it took me a while. I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves reason.Published on Oct. 11 2003 by Bonnie Kirk
Huh? That is the thought that clouded my reading of Lewis's Miracles more often than not. I readily admit that I am not the most steady reader of philosophy, so most of this book... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
I'd have given the book three or four stars because I get so bored with the type of dialectical apologetics against Modernism that the first two thirds are full of (Even though... Read morePublished on May 16 2003 by Andrew Madsen
In this book, C.S. Lewis looks at the essence of what miracles are and how they relate to Christianity. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2003 by John
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