C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason (Google eBook)

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InterVarsity Press, Aug 20, 2009 - Religion
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Who ought to hold claim to the more dangerous idea--Charles Darwin or C. S. Lewis? Daniel Dennett argued for Darwin in Darwin's Dangerous Idea (Touchstone Books, 1996). In this book Victor Reppert champions C. S. Lewis. Darwinists attempt to use science to show that our world and its inhabitants can be fully explained as the product of a mindless, purposeless system of physics and chemistry. But Lewis claimed in his argument from reason that if such materialism or naturalism were true then scientific reasoning itself could not be trusted. Victor Reppert believes that Lewis's arguments have been too often dismissed. In C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea Reppert offers careful, able development of Lewis's thought and demonstrates that the basic thrust of Lewis's argument from reason can bear up under the weight of the most serious philosophical attacks. Charging dismissive critics, Christian and not, with ad hominem arguments, Reppert also revisits the debate and subsequent interaction between Lewis and the philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe. And addressing those who might be afflicted with philosophical snobbery, Reppert demonstrates that Lewis's powerful philosophical instincts perhaps ought to place him among those other thinkers who, by contemporary standards, were also amateurs: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke and Hume. But even more than this, Reppert's work exemplifies the truth that the greatness of Lewis's mind is best measured, not by his ability to do our thinking for us, but by his capacity to provide sound direction for taking our own thought further up and further in.
  

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Review: CS Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason

User Review  - Jeffrey Backlin - Goodreads

An expanded argument from reason based off CS Lewis' argument in "Miracles." Very enjoyable read. Read full review

Review: CS Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason

User Review  - David Begley - Goodreads

I enjoyed the presentation of the arguments against CS Lewis's argument from reason and then the response. It was very helpful. Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
Assessing Apologetic Arguments
29
Several Formulations of the Argument from Reason
72
Explanatory Dualism
86
The Inadequacy Objection
105
Bibliography
129
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About the author (2009)

Reppert (Ph. D., University of Illinois) is adjunct professor of philosophy at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. He is active in several C. S. Lewis societies, and he has written articles on Lewis's apologetics for such journals as The Christian Scholar's Review, Philosophia Christi and the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

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