Theology & Philosopy of C.S. Lewis
The Problem of
The Problem of Pain is a 1940 book by C. S. Lewis, in which he seeks to
provide an intellectual Christian response to questions about
suffering. The book is a theodicy, an attempt by one Christian layman
to reconcile orthodox Christian belief in a just, loving and omnipotent
God with the fact that people suffer, and is not intended to provide
comfort to those actually suffering.
The Weight of Glory
(1941) Preached originally as a sermon in the Church of St Mary the
Virgin, Oxford, on June 8, 1942: published in THEOLOGY, November, 1941,
and by the S.P.C.K, 1942.
A Preface to Paradise Lost
The Abolition of Man
A 1943 book by C. S. Lewis. It is subtitled "Reflections on education
with special reference to the teaching of English in the upper forms of
schools," and uses that as a starting point for a defense of objective
value and natural law, and a warning of the consequences of doing away
with or "debunking" those things. It defends science as something worth
pursuing but criticizes using it to debunk values - the value of
science itself being among them - or defining it to exclude such
(1945) From the original 1944 BBC Broadcasts.
Miracles is a book written by C. S. Lewis, originally published in 1947
and revised in 1960. Lewis makes a case for the reality of miracles by
presenting the position that something more than nature, a benevolent
creator likely to intervene in reality after creation, exists.
In a chapter on "Natural Laws", Lewis addresses the issue of whether
miracles are incompatible with natural law or science. He argues that
rather than being mutually exclusive, miracles are definite
interventions that go beyond natural laws. Miracles are consistent with
nature, but beyond natural law, they are caused by a benevolent being.
(1952) A theological book by C. S. Lewis, adapted from a series of BBC
radio talks made between 1941 and 1944, while Lewis was at Oxford
during World War II. Considered a classic of Christian apologetics, the
transcripts of the broadcasts originally appeared in print as three
separate pamphlets: The Case for Christianity (1942), Christian
Behaviour (1942), and Beyond Personality (1944).
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early
(1955) Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life is a partial
autobiography published by C. S. Lewis in 1955. Specifically the book
describes the author's conversion to Christianity which had taken place
24 years earlier.
Reflections on the Psalms
The World's Last Night: And Other Essays
A collection of essays by C. S. Lewis published in the United States in
1960. The title essay is about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The
volume also contains a follow-up to his The Screwtape Letters in the
form of "Screwtape Proposes a Toast."
The Four Loves
(1960) The Four Loves is a book by C. S. Lewis which explores the
nature of love from a Christian perspective through thought experiments
and examples from dogs. The content of the examination is prefaced by
Lewis' admission that he initially mistook St. John's words "God is
Love" for a simple inroad to his topic.
They Asked for a Paper: Papers and
(1962) This collection of twelve essays. It was Lewis's last work to be
published, as he died on 22 November the following year
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
(1964) Posthumously published in 1964, the book takes the form of a
series of letters to a fictional friend, "Malcolm", in which Lewis
meditates on prayer as an intimate dialogue between man and God.
(1967) Essays and papers.
God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and
(1970) God in the Dock is a collection of essays and speeches from C.
S. Lewis. Its title implies "God on Trial" and is based on an analogy
made by Lewis suggesting that modern human beings, rather than seeing
themselves as standing before God in judgment, prefer to place God on
trial while acting as his judge.
All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S.
Lewis 1922 - 27
Compelling Reason: Essays on Ethics and
(1998) Written variously between 1940 and 1962, this collection of
essays represents the best of Lewis's considerable wisdom on the great
ethical and theological concerns of the day.