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God and the Reach of Reason
C. S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell


  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521707107

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About the Authors
  • C. S. Lewis is one of the most beloved Christian apologists of the twentieth century; David Hume and Bertrand Russell are among Christianity's most important critics. This book puts these three intellectual giants in conversation with one another to shed light on some of life's most difficult yet important questions. It examines their views on a variety of topics, including the existence of God, suffering, morality, reason, joy, miracles, and faith. Along with irreconcilable differences and points of tension, some surprising areas of agreement emerge. Today, amidst the often shrill and vapid exchanges between 'new atheists' and twenty-first-century believers, curious readers will find penetrating insights in the reasoned dialogue of these three great thinkers.

    • Serious philosophical examination of the views of C. S. Lewis
    • Defends a non-theistic point of view in contrast to 'new atheism'
    • Draws on evolutionary psychology to criticize Lewis's arguments
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'God and the Reach of Reason is an enjoyable and informative read. Lewis scholars will have to decide whether it accurately represents his views and arguments. Wielenberg's presentation of what he takes to be the views and arguments is extremely clear, and his criticisms of them fair and charitable. … I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a critical interpretation and assessment of C. S. Lewis's views on religion.' Bruce Russell, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

    'One of the greatest strengths of the book is its systematic presentation of the arguments as a series of interrelated propositions, so that the reader can grasp exactly what is at stake. A very worthwhile book for philosophically minded readers.' Network Review

    'This is a well written book that can catch the attention of a wide readership interested in theology, ethics and the philosophy of religion.' Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521707107
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 186 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.354kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The love of God and the suffering of humanity
    2. Beyond nature
    3. Miracles
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Debating miracles in the 18th century
    3.3 A preliminary skirmish
    3.4 Hume's main assault
    3.5 Lewis's counter-attack
    3.6 The fitness of the incarnation
    3.7 Lewis's mitigated victory and the trilemma
    3.8 Conclusion
    4. Faith, design, and true religion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • God and Man in the Great Conversation
    • Integration of Philosophy and Theology
    • Religion and Literature
  • Author

    Erik J. Wielenberg, DePauw University, Indiana
    Erik J. Wielenberg teaches in the Philosophy department at DePauw University, Indiana. He is author of Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe (Cambridge, 2005).

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