Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Alister McGrath's biography of C.S. Lewis was an incredible exploration of one of the greatest minds in the history of Christian thought. I've always enjoyed reading Lewis because of the way he explains concepts in a way that is refreshing and inspiring. I found McGrath to have that kind of way with words in his exploration of Lewis' life. He takes the exploration a step further in a new companion book to the Lewis biography, THE INTELLECTUAL WORLD OF C.S. LEWIS.

THE INTELLECTUAL WORLD OF C.S. LEWIS is a collection of essays that take a deeper look into some of the ideas in Lewis' writings and the intellectual landscape that influenced much of his thinking. McGrath looks at Lewis' own autobiography and convincingly shows that Lewis' own chronology of his conversion was incorrectly remembered. He looks at the philosophical landscape at Oxford and its impact on Lewis. We're shown the role of the concept of myth in Lewis' acceptance of Christianity. McGrath looks also at Lewis' apoligetic method, his argument from desire, and his role as a theologian.

While McGrath's biography of Lewis was an illuminating exploration of what shaped the man who would become one of the most quoted men of all time, THE INTELLECTUAL WORLD OF C.S. LEWIS takes us on an even deeper journey into the development of Lewis' thought over time. It's clear that McGrath drew from a vast amount of research, and this book takes the reader into some territory that will undoubtedly leave them better equipped to engage in intellectual discussion concerning the things that captured Lewis' above all else.

Review copy provided by Wiley-Blackwell

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