This podcast covers one of C S Lewis’ most import books, “Miracles“. Today many people who have been brought up in our rational culture have trouble believing in anything miraculous, for the claims that Christ walked on water or was born of a virgin or raised the dead seem to go against everything that science teaches us. If you are one of these people, then you may find Jack’s book quite helpful.
His book is sub-titled “A Preliminary Study” and is intended to help the reader objectively evaluate whether or not miracles, especially those recorded in the Bible, did or did not occur. It covers some of the same issues and makes some of the same arguments as found in “Mere Christianity” but this book is a more academic and philosophical work both in tone and approach.
Lewis points out that we must settle some basic philosophical questions about miracles in general before we review the evidence for any particular miracle. If we don’t we will always conclude that the miracle did not happen, for that will be our belief going into the review.
Therefore, most of the book answers the three most common objections to miracles.
They are impossible
They are improbable
They are improper for a divine Being
Having addressed these questions in detail, Lewis then looks at some of the miracles recorded in the New Testament as to what we can learn from them about our world and about God’s nature.
This podcast is intended as an introduction to the book, not as a thorough study and I hope it leads you to read “Miracles” for yourself. This book has been an important element in my faith journey and perhaps it will also assist you.
This show covers God in the Dock, a collection of essays and letters by C.. S. Lewis. The title (God in the Dock) is taken from one of the essays and refers to the place where the defendant stands in the English court system. The essays cover a wide range of topics and show the scope of Jack’s work.
There are essays on theological topics, such as miracles, essays on ethics and essays on what the editor calls “semi-theological topics”. For example, the essay God in the Dock describes the difficulties that Lewis had (and the we still have) in presenting the Good News of the Christian religion to an audience of unbelievers. There are also interviews as well as some letters that Lewis wrote in response to questions and criticisms of his writings. All of them are very good, and you are sure to find several essays that appeal especially to you.
Since there is no theme or development in the book, we cover three of the essays in order to give you a sample of what they are like and what subjects they cover. We cover “God in the Dock”, as well as “Miracles” and “Work and Prayer”. You are sure to find others that appeal to you as you read the book.
Hello friends – this podcast starts with some news followed by a brief biography of C. S. “Jack” Lewis. Then it takes an introductory look at the history and and general themes found in the Chronicles of Narnia.