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God in the Dock is a catalogu of previously unpublished essays and speeches from C. S. Lewis, collected from any sources after his death.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.
Original Title of the Book
God in the dock
Published May 12th 2019(first published July 2nd 1971