C. S. Lewis’s Christian Apologetics

Pro and Con

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Editor: Gregory Bassham
Are C. S. Lewis’s major arguments in defense of Christian belief sound? In C. S. Lewis’s Christian Apologetics: Pro and Con, defenders and critics of Lewis’s apologetics square off and debate the merits of Lewis’s arguments from desire, from reason, from morality, the “trilemma” argument for the divinity of Christ, as well as Lewis’s response to the problem of evil. By means of these lively, in-depth debates, readers will emerge with a deeper understanding and appreciation of today’s most influential Christian apologist.

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Biographical Note

Gregory Bassham, Professor of Philosophy at King’s College (Pennsylvania) is the author or editor of eight books, including two books on J. R. R. Tolkien and two on C. S. Lewis

Table of contents

EDITORIAL FOREWORD
KENNETH A. BRYSON

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION: OXFORD'S BONNY APOLOGIST
GREGORY BASSHAM

Part One:
THE ARGUMENT FROM DESIRE


ONE Pro: A Defense of C. S. Lewis’s Argument from Desire
PETER S. WILLIAMS

TWO Con: Quenching the Argument from Desire
GREGORY BASSHAM

THREE Reply to Gregory Bassham
PETER S. WILLIAMS

FOUR Reply to Peter Williams
GREGORY BASSHAM

Part Two:
THE ARGUMENT FROM REASON


FIVE Pro: The Argument from Reason Defended
VICTOR REPPERT

SIX Con: Naturalism Undefeated
DAVID KYLE JOHNSON

SEVEN Reply to David Kyle Johnson
VICTOR REPPERT

EIGHT Reply to Victor Reppert
DAVID KYLE JOHNSON

Part Three:
THE MORAL ARGUMENT


NINE Pro: The Moral Argument is Convincing
DAVID BAGGETT

TEN Con: A Critique of the Moral Argument
ERIK J. WIELENBERG

ELEVEN: Reply to Erik Wielenberg
DAVID BAGGETT

TWELVE Reply to David Baggett
ERIK J. WIELENBERG

Part Four:
THE TRILEMMA ARGUMENT


THIRTEEN Pro: A Defense of C. S. Lewis’s “Trilemma”
DONALD S. WILLIAMS

FOURTEEN Con: Lewis’s Trilemma: Case Not Proven
ADAM BARKMAN

FIFTEEN Reply to Adam Barkman
DONALD S. WILLIAMS

SIXTEEN Reply to Donald Williams
ADAM BARKMAN

Part Five:
THE PROBLEM OF EVIL


SEVENTEEN Pro: The Problem of Pain Defended
PHILIP TALLON

EIGHTEEN Con: C. S. Lewis on Evil: At Best a Likely Story
DAVID L. O’HARA

NINETEEN Reply to David L. O’Hara
PHILIP TALLON

TWENTY Reply to Philip Tallon
DAVID L. O’HARA

WORKS CITED

THE CONTRIBUTORS

INDEX

Readership

Anyone interested in C. S. Lewis, Christian apologetics, or philosophy of religion. Of interest to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars.

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