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Christian Reflections

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  358 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Shortly after his conversion in 1929, C. S. Lewis wrote to a friend, When all is said (and truly said) about the divisions of Christendom, there remains, by God's mercy, an enormous common ground. From that time on, Lewis thought that the best service he could do for his unbelieving neighbors was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christian ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published February 27th 1967 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Douglas Wilson
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Great. Also read in October of 1983. Also read in March of 1980. Finished yet again in January of 2017.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-books
On this rainy day sitting in the living room at my vacation lodge located in a beautiful and idyllic little village directly by the sea in Germany, finally I've completed to read this great essays collection by C. S. Lewis....
One of the advantages, I've discovered is that on rainy days you have the perfect excuse to read so much as you like...
Friends, a really good collection indeed!!!
Refreshing in his originality and like a spring morning full with births twitters and flowers full of aromatic o
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Though by his own admission, Lewis is no theologian, his essays and speeches on the Christian views of various topics will be valuable to any Christian reader. Is this work as cohesive as "Mere Christianity" or as witty as "Screwtape"? Certainly not. This work does two things: (1) It broadens our understanding of Lewis' thought. (2) It provides us with deep probing thoughts on the matters addressed.

In this work, Lewis deals with a Christian approach to literature and aesthetics, an apologetic fo
John Martindale
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh how good it was to read Lewis again!

Christian Reflections is a collection of the following essays and speeches:

"Christianity and Literature"

"Christianity and Culture"

"Religion: Reality or Substitute"

"On Ethics"

"De Futilitate"

"The Poison of Subjectivism"

"The Funeral of a Great Myth"

"On Church Music"


"The Psalms"

"The Language of Religion"

"Petitionary Prayer: A Problem Without an Answer"

"Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism"

"The Seeing Eye"

When I am in the mood, i hop
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
A good collection of Lewis' essays. A few of the essays were very good. Specifically I found 'De Futilitate' and 'The Poison of Subjectivism' to be more than worth some of the less exciting 2 and 3 star essays. A worthy read, but maybe not the first works of Lewis to pick up.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
*3.5 Stars*
Landree Rennpage
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
CS Lewis is, hands down, one of my favorite authors, ever since I was a little girl. I could not have read these essays as a little girl, that's for sure, mostly because I wouldn't have had any idea what he was saying. I'm almost 30 now, and I know some of it went over my head, but certainly not all of it. These essays are generally replies to criticisms of Lewis' letters or his works, with a few speeches for like minded audiences. I particularly enjoyed his essay On Church Music, and found myse ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lewis' fans
Shelves: christianity
This is not Lewis at his best - perhaps too technical, too elaborated, sometimes one feels that he is going a long way round to say something he could have said (and did say, elsewhere) in a shorter and more elegant way. But for Lewis' fans it is still a very interesting reading, for it shows the fabric, the machinery of Lewis' thought, always precise and incisive, honest and humble. His personality, his temperament show very well in these papers. The themes are familiar - Christianity and Liter ...more
Apr 02, 2012 added it
This was the first I had read through this collection of essays by Lewis. There are some real gems: "Christianity and Literature" is wonderfully insightful; "Christianity and Culture" is a solid essay, but dated and absent of much of the Christ and Culture discussions even of his day; "Religion: Reality or Substitute" is very quotable, quite substantial in parts; "Historicism" is great, almost a bit like Carl Trueman; "Moden Theology and Biblical Criticism" undermines much of modern theology as ...more
E Stanton
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of C.S. Lewis, so I enjoy everything I've ever read of his. This work was part of a one volume collection of three of his books (A Pilgrim's Regress, and God In The Dock) that I started some time ago. Although I enjoyed the book, I found the writings were very complex, or related to a specific issue or writing. For example several entries were a series of letters he wrote in response to criticisms of a column he submitted to a theological journal. For those reasons I found some of ...more
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-s-lewis
A brilliant man and a brilliant book. The first chapter on Christianity and Literature is brilliant and should be read by everyone attempting 'creativity'; there is very real Trinitarian theology behind it.

His discussion of culture is really well balanced and should be model for us and I am always surprised when I read his opinions on Church music. Lewis, the layman champion, does not like mere joyful noise.

Language of Religion is another brilliant work that I think inspired several things I lea
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
typical C.S. Lewis, which is good. Makes you think; and his different background offers some great perspectives into Christianity and God.

It is also interesting in that C.S. Lewis by no means wanted to be a Christian at all, and came to acknowledge God reluctantly, "kicking and screaming"; this is a counter argument to the claim that only people who want to believe in God, can believe in God. Here we have someone who by no means wanted to believe, yet, was drawn to God. He says he was hunted by
Steve Coombs
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
These essays give us some insight into Lewis' thoughts on issues not essential to "Mere Christianity", such as his opinions on styles of worship, the ordination of women, Christianity & Culture, and tendencies within academia. Some of the essays are only a few pages long and have all of the simplicity and wit you'd expect from Lewis, while others are lengthier and full of Greek and Latin quotations his Oxford peers would have understood, but not the average reader. Great for Lewis fans, and ...more
Tommy Grooms
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good collection of essays representative of much of Lewis' thoughts on Christianity. Most are scholarly criticisms or responses and I found I had to Google a number of Greek and Latin phrases, but for the most part each essay consists of Lewis' usual readability, along with his usual geniality and thoroughness. Some of the contents he expresses elsewhere more succinctly or at greater length, but this is still well worth the time. I particularly enjoyed the essays on culture and literature.
Brent Pinkall
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This wasn't my favorite collection of Lewis essays. There were still a couple treasures, particularly "The Poison of Subjectivism" and "The Funeral of a Great Myth." What I especially enjoyed about the latter was Lewis' observations about how the theory of evolution has affected various realms of culture and society.
Nancy Jurss
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
These are essays written by CS Lewis at various points of his life for different publications. A little bit of a tough read at times as these were written for a scholarly audience, but amusing and insightful as well.
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good. I learned a lot about my faith. Lewis was very good at putting faith into analogies and I think that helped connect things a lot. Lost a point because oftentimes Lewis would stray from the main idea, but overall, a good read.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
A compilation of 14 essays on various topics. This was the most academic collection of writing of Lewis I've read and I found parts of some essays to be boring. However, there were several essays that were interesting
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of a variety of CS Lewis writings. As always, he does not disappoint. If you own nearly every CS Lewis book written and want more, this is one source you can turn to.
Joshua Nuckols
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some really good essays, and some seemingly irrelevant to my life.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible-theology
Lewis is always easily accessible and this was no exception.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Excellent book. I will most likely revisit this one in a few years to see what additional ideas I can gain from it.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent collection of essays/speeches. Still very relevant in today's world.
Oct 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, theology
CSL the old crank has equal part with CSL the visionary theologian. But don't take my word for it!
Jul 10, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: culture
Another happy thrift store find.
Nate Walker
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lewis is so learned, and incredibly relevant. The essays on culture, ethics, and subjectivism are especially good.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
In this collection Lewis covers a wide range of topics. As always, his writing is clear and logical.
Brent Johnsen
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A collection of theological essays selected and curated by Walter Hooper. Favorite essays:
- The Psalms
- Petitionary Prayer
- Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism
Jan 08, 2002 added it
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Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I believe this is where I read the quote, "The fact that the ship is sinking is no reason for allowing her to be a floating hell while she still floats." I like it, Clive!
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature
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