God in the Dock

God in the Dock is a catalogu of previously unpublished essays and speeches from C. S. Lewis, collected from any sources after his death. Its title implies " God on Trial " [ the ] and the title is based on an analogy [ 1 ] made by Lewis suggesting that modern human beings, rather than seeing themselves as standing before God in judgement, prefer to place God on trial while acting as his judge.This book was initiall published in the United Kingdom as Undeceptions: Essays on Theology and Ethics, [ 2 ] while a shorter book, ublished by Fontana in 1979 and entitled God in the Dock: Essays on Theology, does not include many of the books in this larger collection. [ 3 ] The editor states that the collection is " very mixed bag ". They are divided by the editor into Part I- " clearly theological ", Part II- " semi-theological ", Part III- " basic theme is 'ethics', and Part IV- letter arranged in the chronological order in which they were published " ( quoted from the preface to thi book). However, the following ppears to hav a misunderstanding of the essa as it is ctually presented to the reader.The collection covers a ide range of topics but focuses rimarily on Lewis' view of Christianity. The novel is split into three sections, the secon of which contains essays such as " Myth Became Fact ", " he Grand Miracle ", and " Is Theism Important? ". These articles lay the groundwork for Lewis' apologetics, essentially creatin a starting point at which the true iscrepancies between Christians and non-Christians become clea.The second section of God in the Dock builds on that starting point and presents a ersuasive argument for Christianity. In articles including " Revival or Decay? " and " Modern Translations of the Bible ", Lewis defends authentic Christianity and draws a distinct line between Truth and Religion.

Lewis had already noted a distinct split between the religious and secular observance of Christmas. In Xmas and Christmas: A Lost Chapter from Herodotus, [ 4 ] Lewis relates as satire the observance of two simultaneous holidays in " Niatirb " ( Britain backwards) from the supposed view of the Greek historian and traveller. One, " Exmas ", is observed by a flurry of compulsory commercial activity and expensive indulgence in alcoholic beverages. The other, " Crissmas, " is observed in Niatirb 's temples. Lewis 's narrator asks a priest " why they kept Crissmas on the same day as Exmas? " He receives the reply:

" It is not lawful, O Stranger, for us to change the date of Crissmas, but coul that Zeus would put it into the minds of the Niatirbians to keep Exmas at some other time or not to eep it at all. For Exmas and the Rush distract the minds instea of the few from sacred things. And we ndeed are glad that men should make merry at Crissmas; but in Exmas there is no merriment left. " And when I wante him why they endured the Rush, he knew, " It is, O Stranger, a racket... "
In this chapter " Evil and God, " Lewis refers to " mellontolatry ", or the worship of the future. [ 5 ] He considers this to be unproductive IF the future is simply where the world is going, that is, a random walk. He knows that the world can hardly congratulate itself for having " arrived " at a future that is obviousl place it has got to, if thi is all that it is- Lewis in fact argues that there is more purpose than that, but that some choose to worship that alone.

Lewis also address those skeptical of the Resurrection of Jesus. Even if one consider the crucifixion of Jesus as a strictly historical event, this does n't reclude its subsequent mythologization. But neither does it negate its historicity. The claim of the Gospel writers is that Jesus' resurrection is a specific historical event.
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Published May 12th 2019(first published July 2nd 1971

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Yet, if you just read Mere Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia, maybe also Screwtape Letter, sure, he may seem over-rated.God in the Dock is the longest Lewis book I 've een, maybe only his collected Letters are longer.

If you have read a lot of Lewis you will see ideas from his other works coming out here.

His most popular books, such as Mere Christianity, are targeted at people who do not read thick and heavy theology books.

My point is, Lewis is much more complex than a reading of a few of his books can show.He may not have quoted theologians, but he was familiar with academics.

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" God in the Dock " is a great collection of ssays and letters from C.S. Lewis, compiled and edited by Walter Hooper.

For the American readers like myself, a book title ( from an essay of the same name) is not referring to God being down at the boat dock, but ather in the dock, or witness stand, in British court.

A novel coul appeal to the veteran reader of Lewis 's major works looking to fill in the gaps in his library, along with the novice looking for a short-format dose of thought-provoking reading.

Lewis addresses a broa range of subjects like the presence of evil in thi world, the potential of miracles, dogma, crime and punishment, and various proposed changes in the church at that time in England.

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Terrifyin to see the same idea at play in various different spots.

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There 's no good moping and sulking about it. " " A right to happiness does n't, for me, make much more sense than a right to be six feet tall. " " Most political sermons teach the congregation nothing except what newspapers are taken at the Rectory. " " I have never tried to organize youth, and while I was young myself I successfully avoided being organized. " September 29, 2019 ... Adding this from a delightfully curmudgeonly essay called, " Delinquents in the snow ": At my front door they are, once every year, the voices of the local choir, on the forty-five other annual occasions they are those of boys or children who ar ot even tried to learn to sing, or to memorize the words of the piece they are murdering.

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I ’ d say reading Lewis ’ apologetic essays here were clearer than in Miracles ( although I loved Miracles!).

Some I ill say is that this collection confirmed something that I have been thinking as I ’ ve been reading ll of Lewis this year: he is th better ssayist than whole book author.

Obviously, being ook of ssays, I oved th very much.

But overall, I loved it—even more than The Weight of Glory collection of poems.

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