C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet Alister E. McGrath
  • Title: C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet
  • Author: Alister E. McGrath
  • ISBN: 9781414339351
  • Page: 214
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  • C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet Alister E. McGrath C S Lewis A Life Eccentric Genius Reluctant Prophet Fifty years after his death C S Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions His legacy remains varied and vast He was a towering intellectual figure a popular fiction author who inspired a glo
    Fifty years after his death, C S Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions His legacy remains varied and vast He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist turned Christian thinker.In C.S Lewis A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific author and respected professor atFifty years after his death, C S Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions His legacy remains varied and vast He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist turned Christian thinker.In C.S Lewis A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific author and respected professor at King s College of London, paints a definitive portrait of the life of C S Lewis After thoroughly examining recently published Lewis correspondence, Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the exact timing of Lewis s shift from atheism to theism and then to Christianity He paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.You won t want to miss this fascinating portrait of a creative genius who inspired generations Tyndale House Publishers
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    About Alister E. McGrath


    1. Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College He was previously Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King s College London and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture, Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford, and was principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, until 2005 He is an Anglican priest and is ordained within the Church of England.Aside from being a faculty member at Oxford, McGrath has also taught at Cambridge University and is a Teaching Fellow at Regent College McGrath holds three doctorates from the University of Oxford, a DPhil in Molecular Biophysics, a Doctor of Divinity in Theology and a Doctor of Letters in Intellectual History.McGrath is noted for his work in historical theology, systematic theology, and the relationship between science and religion, as well as his writings on apologetics He is also known for his opposition to New Atheism and antireligionism and his advocacy of theological critical realism Among his best known books are The Twilight of Atheism, The Dawkins Delusion Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine, Dawkins God Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life, and A Scientific Theology He is also the author of a number of popular textbooks on theology.


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    1. 2.5 stars Oh my God Where to begin AN Wilson s biography of CS Lewis is infamous for being 100% entertaining while only about 50% true This book, while claiming to right the wrongs of Wilson s biography, possibly makes just as many mistakes, and isn t even entertaining to boot.Ok, let s break this down Problem number 1 McGrath seemed interested in writing a biography of Lewis The Scholar or Lewis the Author than Lewis the Man.McGrath is an Oxford don himself, and he points out from the very beg [...]

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    2. This was okay but didn t hold my interest I had to abandon it towards the end due to time constraints I hadn t read any other books about Lewis life so some of the detail was interesting I think this would really only appeal to serious fans of Lewis which I am not The author devotes an entire chapter to proving that Lewis conversion to Christianity occurred a year later than most had believed He opens the biography with an announcement about this stating that he is about to reveal something dram [...]

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    3. There s an excellent review of this book out in the March April issue of Books and Culture by Don King no, not the boxing promoter , and I recommend that for further reading As King s review emphasizes, there are a few interesting and somewhat new readings of Lewis advanced in this book.The most prominent of these new readings is Mcgrath s suggestion that Lewis s memory failed him in his recollection of the date of his own conversion Lewis s Surprised by Joy gives the date of September 28, 1931, [...]

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    4. Scholarly Articulate Incredibly well researched and thorough This biography is only for the die hard Lewis fans, who are willing to learn extensive details about Lewis s life, sticking with it through the 400 pages There are many shorter biographies that are adequate for the common Lewis layman, but, to loosely paraphrase a Lewis quote you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book on Lewis long enough to suit me This gets five stars because I absolutely love reading McGrath s writing I h [...]

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    5. Most excellent This book contained many insights into the life of CS Lewis that I had never encountered before Plus, at the end, McGrath looks at the CS Lewis Phenomenon and why he has a lasting legacy with today s evangelicals This time I listened to the book on audio and I must say it has two added bonuses that are fantastic The first is an interview with Alastair McGrath, and the second is two recorded talks by CS Lewis I grabbed this book from the library, but I definitely want to buy a hard [...]

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    6. I ve been fascinated with C.S Lewis in a arms length sort of way for quite some time I read the Chronicles of Narnia in late grade school and loved them I rediscovered and reread them with my husband when the first movie came out in 2005 and loved them even .His fiction has continued to fascinate me since my childhood, though I didn t start really reading it until The Screwtape Letters in 2006 and then following with an immersion in the Ransom Space Trilogy, both of which I highly enjoyed Screwt [...]

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    7. Not as great as I thought hoped it was going to be at the beginning, but certainly the most academic yet sympathetic biography of Lewis we ve had so far which sadly isn t saying much the A.N Wilson biography is really something Something awful Not much literary analysis, tho, and he spends way too much time on the repellent Mere Christianity, but he discusses Lewis s imaginative system the same way Garth did in Tolkien and the Great War altho this is nowhere near that book Also way too much atte [...]

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    8. Growing up in an intellectually engaged, American evangelical home in the 70 s and 80 s made it almost inevitable that C.S Lewis would be a part of my life My father first read aloud to me and my brothers The Chronicles of Narnia when I was 11 and before leaving for college I d read his classics Mere Christianity, The Abolition of Man, The Screwtape Letters side note you haven t truly enjoyed Screwtape until you ve listened to the version narrated by John Cleese.But my encounters with Lewis cert [...]

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    9. Clive Staple Lewis is one of my heroes I found this biography literally staring at me while moving slowly through my local book store and much to the chagrin of my wife I brought it home with me The author, Alister McGrath has given us a consciences and insightful look into the life of one of the 20th century s greatest men.Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898 His father was a solicitor and his mother was the daughter of a clergy man in the Church of Ireland He grew up in a t [...]

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    10. Four and a half stars.This gift from my writer friends, Nola Pass and Adele Jones, is a thoughtful biography of Lewis, which challenges much of the received wisdom about dating when it comes to his conversion Very interesting to note the over arching patterns in Lewis life which, while not specifically pointed out by McGrath, are there for the reader to discern.

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    11. Well done I hadn t read a Lewis biography in thirty years or , so this brought me up to date on new findings from the letters and other sources I think McGrath handled the facts clearly and fairly, and I appreciate his spending sufficient time on the works.

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    12. This biography was much than I expected, and much than I was prepared to take in At the onset, I wanted to learn about the author of the Narnia series, Mere Christianity, etc What this book offers is substantially heftier It covers not only the period of his life writing popular Christian literature, but his entire life from difficult childhood to his tragic end, to the afterlife often in deep and slow moving detail.This is not an indictment, as the excruciating detail only expanded and enric [...]

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    13. I read a lot of Lewis in my teens and I loved it and, recently, I ve read Narnia for my daughter she loved it , but over the years, especially during my theological studies, I ve gotten over him somewhat He turned out not to be as brilliant a philosopher as I used to think I ve changed my mind now What I most appreciated about McGrath s new Lewis biography, than the detailed account of his life, the critical engagement with the form and development of his thought and writing, the contextualisa [...]

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    14. Short Review This is the best bio of Lewis I have read and one that is well worth reading It is a popular biography and McGrath says he is going to do a academic biography later, which I look forward to This one is highly readable and hits all of the right notes McGrath had access to newly released letters and that seems to have made a big difference There are some new details that have come out as a result of this biography and some may take issue with them, but McGrath seems to have documente [...]

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    15. By far, Alistair McGrath gives the most comprehensive biography of C.S Lewis to date His is a fair and thorough look at a literary giant who has had impact on people after his death than during his writing career.Reading this has made me want to go back and read all of Lewis works again, with a wider knowledge of who the man himself was.

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    16. This is a book written by someone who discovered Lewis through his writings, for others who have come to know Lewis in the same way.Why so As Lewis emphasized throughout the 1930s, the important thing about authors is the texts that they write What really matters is what those texts themselves say Authors should not themselves be a spectacle they are rather the set of spectacles through which we as readers see ourselves, the world, and the greater scheme of things of which we are a part Lewis th [...]

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    17. I give it the 5 star rating because it s lucidly written and, clearly, the best biography I ve read to date on Lewis I threw in the word clearly there because it s my major pet peeve of the book I just started to see it pop up everywhere But, indeed, the best I ve yet read I reached a low point in my admiration for Lewis after reading the A.N Wilson bio than a decade ago now , which can be attributed to a possible ingenuousness regarding biographers or life in general Now in my cynical I mean, [...]

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    18. The difference between what I thought about C.S Lewis life and what actually transpired is significant Like many evangelical Americans I have always pictured Lewis as a jolly Oxford Don, lecturing to packed rooms of breathless students, making theological quips over breakfast with his secular colleagues and throwing down a pint while discussing The Lord of the Rings with the Inklings at night The rest of the time he took long walks, answered letters and casually created brilliant parallel univer [...]

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    19. A welcome addition to my shelf of books about C S Lewis, just below my shelf of books by C S Lewis While perhaps not a definitive biography, A Life gives the reader insights to how and how badly Lewis was injured during World War One and the enigmatic Mrs Moore McGrath also proposes a new chronology of Lewis famous conversion to Christianity Lots of good insights Did you know Lewis nominated Tolkien for the Nobel Prize in Literature McGrath s thesis is that it is hard for us to know this Oxford [...]

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    20. I wanted to write a detached, cool headed evaluation of this book and even had thought of some suitably ambiguous ways of describing it ostrich prose, for example, covering a lot of ground with great enthusiasm but never quite taking off Unfortunately, I can t do it I shameless and unapolegiticly absolutely loved this book I have to confess some shared interests Alister McGrath is a professor at my old college He s a scientist and atheist who turned to Christ In some of his other writings, he ha [...]

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    21. Meticulous research of the primary sources has yielded a fruitful account of the development and influence of the life of C S Lewis Additionally, the attention to the chronology and historical context of his writings inform and enrich the reader s knowledge of the Lewisian corpus Lewis is successfully portrayed as a self confessed medievalist who excels in imagination and in logic a reluctant apologist, untrained in theology, who nevertheless joins the battle for transcendent, yet relevant, pers [...]

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    22. Brilliant McGrath fangirls a bit which is adorable Considering the recent publication of Lewis correspondence, this probably the best biography as far as research base goes.

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    23. Excellent Really seems to understand and appreciate Lewis Without leaving out the few rather small warts one can find, he doesn t overemphasize them either Really a good read.

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    24. This was a very interesting look into the life writings of Lewis I have always loved his writing and I found this book a joy to listen to.

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    25. A fascinating read on a fascinating man Articulate, entertaining, and highly readable Brings the magic alive.

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    26. McGrath, Alister 2013 C S Lewis A Life Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet Carol Steam, IL Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.C S Lewis Jack to his friends looms large in the American evangelical mind.On the one hand, this is surprising A communicant in the Church of England, Lewis was generically orthodox but not specifically evangelical in theological or spiritual emphases His closest lifelong friends were a homosexual Unitarian Arthur Greeves and a traditionalist Roman Catholic J R R Tolkien And h [...]

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    27. McGrath s biography on C.S Lewis was far academic than I had anticipated Reading it almost requires a previous reading of the many other biographies on Lewis since this work operates as a critical manuscript on the scholarship of reviewing Lewis s life and place in the literary world and the Christian world.At times, McGrath makes fascinating assertions to the contrary of what most have held as foundational views about Lewis and his life, but unfortunately one doesn t gain an intimate picture o [...]

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    28. This book was deeply thought provoking for me Some Christians, Evangelicals especially, view Lewis as a sort of Christian demigod , stripping away any of his humanity This book sheds some light on his life and gives him flesh and bones The life of Lewis was confusing and complex and perhaps not as clean cut as we make him out to be in our heads or in our conversations concerning him He was a nontraditional Christian even by today s standards, but he was simply was a mere Christian Overall, the b [...]

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    29. I really enjoyed this biography, especially reading about what was going on in Lewis s personal life when he wrote and published his famous works McGrath is clear and entertaining in the way he weaves Lewis s personal life as well as his academic and writing career In my opinion he got a little bogged down in re dating Lewis s conversion when I was hoping for of the story around it, but it was still interesting and there are many other great works on the conversion story.

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    30. I really enjoy biographies There is something about hearing the story of someone s life, when told properly and well, that can be moving and encouraging They can go far in putting people in proper perspective and, when of authors or leaders, lead to a greater understanding of their work.Alister McGrath is a brilliant author and his work on C S Lewis will be the definitive work for time to come McGrath took his affinity for history and theology and utilized his skills to offer the world a brillia [...]

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