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God in the Dock is one of the best known of C.S. Lewis’ essay collections and includes “Myth Become Fact,” “The Grand Miracle,” “Priestesses in the Church,” and “God in the Dock”.
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“One must keep on pointing out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” (Page 102)
“For my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.” (Page 223)
“A sound theory of value demands something different. It demands that good should be original and evil a mere perversion; that good should be the tree and evil the ivy; that good should be able to see all round evil (as when sane men understand lunacy) while evil cannot retaliate in kind; that good should be able to exist on its own while evil requires the good on which it is parasitic in order to continue its parasitic existence.” (Page 5)
“We must, on pain of idiocy, deny from the very outset the idea that looking at is, by its own nature, intrinsically truer or better than looking along. One must look both along and at everything.” (Page 233)
“The moral difficulty is that Dualism gives evil a positive, substantive, self-consistent nature, like that of good.” (Page 5)
Here the reader finds the tough–minded polemicist relishing the debate; here too the kindly teacher explaining a complex abstraction by means of clarifying analogies; here the public speaker addressing his varied audience with all the humility and grace of a man who knows how much more remains to be known.
—The New York Times
For those who know little of C.S. Lewis or his ideas, this book is a good introduction . . . God in the Dock contains some of the best of Lewis’ witty apologetics. And for those who have long known and loved the writings of Lewis, this volume is a welcome addition.
Takes us on a journey that is thoroughly entrancing . . . A model of solid common sense and imaginativeness, of balance and ingeniousness, of artistry and coherence.