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Marking the 50th anniversary of Lewis' death, The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis sees leading Christian thinker Alister McGrath offering a fresh approach to understanding the key themes at the centre of Lewis' theological work and intellectual development.Brings together a collection of original essays exploring important themes within Lewis' work, offering new connectiMarking the 50th anniversary of Lewis' death, The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis sees leading Christian thinker Alister McGrath offering a fresh approach to understanding the key themes at the centre of Lewis' theological work and intellectual development.Brings together a collection of original essays exploring important themes within Lewis' work, offering new connections and insights into his theology Throws new light on subjects including Lewis' intellectual development, the uses of images in literature and theology, the place of myth in modern thought, the role of the imagination in making sense of the world, the celebrated 'argument from desire', and Lewis' place as an Anglican thinker and a Christian theologian Written by Alister McGrath, one of the world's leading Christian thinkers and authors; this exceptional pairing of McGrath and Lewis brings together the work of two outstanding theologians in one volume...

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ISBN : 9780470672792
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 191 Pages
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The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-05-17 08:04

    I enjoyed. Some of the essays are worth more than one read. The middle essays were my favourites: * "A Gleam of Divine Truth : The Concept of Myth in Lewis's Thought",* "The Privileging of Vision : Lewis's Metaphors of Light, Sun, and Sight", and* "Arrows of Joy: Lewis's Argument from Desire"A couple quotes from the first mentioned: "For Lewis, a myth is a story which evokes awe, enchantment, and inspiration, and which conveys or embodies an imaginative expression of the deepest meanings of life- meanings that prove totally elusive in the face of any attempt to express them abstractly or conceptually."... and later"For Lewis, a myth weaves together truth and meaning, engaging with both our reason and imagination."There are a few good quotes throughout the book. At times a little dry, or repetitive/self-referential, but some good material to a) make me want to (re-)read some of Lewis's stuff.b) make me want to read some of the referenced materialc) help us see Lewis in his context and in ours, without sugar coating.At the very least, thoughtful people should approach Lewis humbly. Sometimes there really are giants.

  • Frans
    2019-05-15 08:50

    Het christelijk geloof is maar niet een stelsel van dogmatische waarheden die alleen met het verstand geaccepteerd moeten worden. Natuurlijk, niet dat het verstand er voor een christen niet toe zou doen, integendeel, maar het verstand zal wel in evenwicht moeten zijn met andere, even wezenlijke door God aan de mens gegeven vermogens: de verbeelding en de emoties. Geen van de drie dient beschouwd te worden als de meest wezenlijke, alle zijn nodig wil wat het christelijk geloof ons aanreikt ook werkelijk door ons begrepen worden. De geschriften van C.S. Lewis kunnen hierbij zeker behulpzaam zijn. Ze zijn namelijk exemplarisch voor de verbinding van deze drie trekken. De bekende Engelse hoogleraar theologie Alister E. McGrath schreef naast zijn biografie over Lewis (eerder in Metamorfose besproken) ook een academische pendant: The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis. Het betreft een bundel van acht, elkaar inhoudelijk soms wat overlappende, essays waar de auteur de lezer met de hem bekende grondigheid en helderheid invoert in de leef- en denkwereld van Lewis: zo schrijft hij onder andere over mythe, het gebruik van zichtmetaforen en Lewis’ bekende ‘argument from desire’. Aanbevolen.

  • Lydia
    2019-05-24 10:58

    Sooooooooooooo good. McGrath does an excellent job of summarizing some of Lewis' most complex thoughts/statements/theology, while stationing these thoughts during the time of life he had them. The reader can clearly see how Lewis' faith and ideas changed from life stage to life stage (childhood, serving in the war, student at Oxford, professor and friend of Tolkien, apologist, and reluctant apologist toward the end of life). There were so many profound ideas that perfectly explained what I had always felt, but was not articulate enough to say, summarized by both Lewis and MecGrath. Whether you have read Lewis' works extensively or hardly at all, this title will boost your intellect and faith. Broken into several essays covering different topics and time periods, it is easy to navigate. I especially loved the "chapter" on Lewis' ideas of "Christianity and mythology".

  • Jamie Howison
    2019-05-14 06:13

    A nice collection of essays exploring both Lewis's intellectual context and his contribution as a thinker, apologist, theologian (and McGrath does want to claim that mantle for him... rightly, in my books), and creator of imaginary worlds. The only think that keeps me from ranking it as a 4 star book is that it does feel as if the same material is returned to again and again over the course of the collection. Maybe this is inevitable in an essay collection, though in this case the essays were not previously published, leading me to feel that a tighter editing would have produced a better book. Still, a good read for anyone wanting to explore Lewis in McGrath's company.

  • Arthur O'dell
    2019-05-04 06:52

    This is a set of essays prepared by McGrath while working on his biography of CS Lewis published in 2013. Worth the read if you are interested in Lewis' thought, but definitely not for the casual reader. I enjoyed this slightly more than the biography, but while I would recommend the biography to everyone interested in Lewis, this book is definitely more for the scholarly crowd.

  • Beatrice
    2019-05-19 03:58

    This book is stunningly well-written. What else to expect from McGrath; he is "dancing with Lewis", staying critical and using his brilliant standard of hermeneutic mastering. I will certainly take this book in my hands again and again to discover the life and journey of Lewis' faith and thinking. Read this if you want to know real and authentic biography writing skills! ;-)

  • Moira Russell
    2019-05-05 03:50

    Yeah, I broke down and got it, even tho I was disappointed some by the biography. I'm really curious to see what this guy writes on Lewis in the format of more scholarly biographical/literary essays.Verdict: better than the biography, but still pretty dry.

  • Matt
    2019-05-14 08:54

    Makes a very strong case for seeing Lewis as less of a flat-fooded rationalists and more as an imaginative intepreter of Christian faith who breathes life into the world-vision Christianity offers. A solid read and food for futher thought.

  • Jonny
    2019-05-20 11:09

    Excellent for the most part. Just a couple of essays were less than helpful, but oh well. #3, 5, and 6 are worth the price of admission.

  • Steve
    2019-05-22 09:09

    I did enjoy this set of essays, which seem to have been written in the process of producing his forthcoming biography.