C. S. Lewis as Philosopher

C. S. Lewis as Philosopher

Truth, Goodness and Beauty

Edited by David J. Baggett, Gary R. Habermas, and Jerry L. Walls
Foreword by Thomas V. Morris

C. S. Lewis as Philosopher
  • Length: 268 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: May 15, 2008
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2808-1
  • Item Code: 2808

What did C. S. Lewis think about truth, goodness and beauty?

Fifteen essays explore three major philosophical themes from the writings of Lewis--Truth, Goodness and Beauty. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of Lewis's philosophical thinking on arguments for Christianity, the character of God, theodicy, moral goodness, heaven and hell, a theory of literature and the place of the imagination.

"Lovers of C. S. Lewis will both enjoy and benefit from this collection."

Thomas W. Platt, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol. XXII, No. 1/2

"Lewis's philosophical significance has been neglected too long, and this book goes a long way to addressing that neglect. This belongs in every college library."

David L. O'Hara, Religious Studies Reviews, September 2009

"Taken as a whole, this collection succeeds in fleshing out the place Lewis occupies in the development of Christian philosophical thought during the 20th century. The essay by Jean Bethke Elshtain, explicating The Abolition of Man, is so powerfully written and exquisitely reasoned as to make it alone worth the cost of the entire book."

Steve Baker, The Christian Librarian, 52, 2009

"I was at first intimidated by this academic collection, but as I continued reading, my understanding and appreciation of Lewis grew. Because of this book, I will enjoy reading Lewis's works with a new vision."

Mary Lou Henneman, Congregational Libraries Today, January/February 2009

"A number of essays in this intersting collection bring out the unity in Lewis' thinking. The essays in this collection cast plenty of light on the thinking of the man who was probably the greatest Christian apologist of the twentieth century."

Paul Richardson, Church Newspaper, March 13, 2009

"Provides impressive evidfence that Lewis' philosophical legacy is a substantial one, with lasting significance. The book will be of particular interest to philosophers, philosophy students, and C. S. Lewis readers."

Savannah Jones, Sir Read a Lot (sirreadalot.org), July 2008

"This brilliant collection of essays will appeal especially to those who are avid readers of Lewis's books and essays."

Retailers + Resources, June 2008


Foreword by Tom Morris


Introduction: Jack of the Philosophical Trade
Jerry L. Walls

Part One: Truth
1. Lewis's Philosophy of Truth, Goodness and Beauty
Peter Kreeft

2. From Atheism to Deism: A Conversation Between Antony Flew and Gary R. Habermas
Gary R. Habermas and Antony G.N. Flew

3. Defending the Dangerous Idea: An Update on Lewis's Argument from Reason
Victor Reppert

4. Aut Deus Aut Malus Homo: A Defense of C. S. Lewis's "Shocking Alternative"
David A. Horner

5. The Abolition of Man: C. S. Lewis's Prescience Concerning Things to Come
Jean Bethke-Elshtain

6. C. S. Lewis and Emotional Doubt: Insights from the Philosophy of Psychology
Gary R. Habermas

Part Two: Goodness
7. Is Divine Iconoclast as Bad as Cosmic Sadist? Lewis Versus Beversluis
David Baggett

8. Pursuing Moral Goodness: C. S. Lewis's Understanding of Faith
Kevin Kinghorn

9. "Belief" in the Writings of C. S. Lewis
David Rozema

10. To Reign in Hell or to Serve in Heaven: C. S. Lewis on the Problem of Hell and Enjoyment of the Good
Matthew Lee

11. Lewis and the Necessity of Gratuitous Evil
Michael Peterson

Part Three: Beauty
12. Evil and the Cosmic Dance: C. S. Lewis and Beauty's Place in Theodicy
Philip Tallon

13. Lewis's Miracles and Mathematical Elegance
Russell W. Howell

14. Beastly Metaphysics: The Beasts of Narnia and Lewis's Reclamation of Medieval Sacramental Metaphysics
Michael P. Muth

15. Lewis and Tolkien on the Power of the Imagination
Gregory Bassham