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

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-17
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Author Biography

Erik J. Wielenberg teaches in the Philosophy Department at DePauw University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Love of God and the Suffering of Humanityp. 7
The Problemp. 7
Hume's Presentation of the Problemp. 8
Lewis's Attempt to Solve the Problemp. 16
The Case of Ivan Ilyichp. 35
The Incompleteness of Lewis's Solutionp. 40
Conclusionp. 52
Beyond Naturep. 56
Introductionp. 56
The Moral Argumentp. 59
The Argument from Reasonp. 93
The Argument from Desirep. 108
Conclusionp. 119
Miraclesp. 121
Introductionp. 121
Debating Miracles in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 122
A Preliminary Skirmishp. 124
Hume's Main Assaultp. 126
Lewis's Counterattackp. 134
The Fitness of the Incarnationp. 143
Lewis's Mitigated Victory and the Trilemmap. 146
Conclusionp. 152
Faith, Design, and True Religionp. 153
Introductionp. 153
Faithp. 153
Designp. 169
True Religionp. 187
Notesp. 203
Referencesp. 233
Indexp. 241
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