C. S. Lewis’s Christian Apologetics

Pro and Con


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


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