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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455189892
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C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways. His books were insightful, engaging, and often full of wit. Expressed in brilliant contemporary prose, these models of genuine Christianity contain a lasting relevance that make them perennial bestsellers.

God in the Dock contains forty-eight essays and twelve letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963 for a wide variety of publications. Ranging from popular newspaper pieces to learned defenses of the faith, these essays cover topics as varied as the logic of theism, good and evil, miracles, vivisection, the role of women in church polity, and ethics and politics. Many of these writings represent Lewis’ first ventures into themes he would later treat in full-length books.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Both Lewis’] searching mind and [his] poetic spirit…are readily evident…Here the reader finds the tough-minded polemicist relishing the debate; here, too, the kindly teacher explaining the cosmic extraction by means of clarifying analogies…with all the humility and grace of a man who knows how much more remains to be known.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Captivating reading that builds the faith while it fills the mind with greatness.”

    Decision

  • “For the intellectual pilgrim struggling with the crisis of faith in this world come of age, these chapters possess a unique power for the renewal of evangelical conviction.”

    Southwestern Journal of Theology

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/17/2014

    " Excellent short articles. Great reading while working out or short intervals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.E. | 2/15/2014

    " I used to leave this book lying around and read essays at random just because I loved the way Lewis's mind worked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 2/10/2014

    " Great. Also read in March of 1980. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Watergirl | 2/1/2014

    " Great Collection of Lewis' essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Ladwig | 1/30/2014

    " Some great essays in here, the best I can think of was self titled one, either God is on the throne intellectually or we are. We don't cooly and rationally decide...ok there is a God...or ok, I will trust Jesus. He must be our starting point and Lord of all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shu Lindsey | 1/30/2014

    " "The ancient man approached God (or even gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock. He is quite a kindly judge: if God should have a reasonable defence for being the god who permits war, poverty and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God's acquittal. But the important thing is that Man is on the Bench and God in the Dock." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 12/21/2013

    " i didn't technically read this. i read some of the letters but i didn't follow him very well/it was over my head. i enjoyed mere christianity much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauralea | 12/16/2013

    " I take this book on plane rides. CS Lewis' essays on practically everything, and very deep, too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 12/15/2013

    " Book for school did not enjoy this one at all 1 out of 10 maybe a 2 out of 10 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/4/2013

    " Sometimes I forget how great CS Lewis is. Then, I go back and re-read this book and see that the man is a genius. People give him a lot of attention for Narnia, but I think his brilliance shines in his essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 10/10/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this mass of short essays by one of the great minds of the 20th century. Among my favorites were "Bulverism," "No Right to Happiness," "The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment" and "Meditation in a Toolshed." I believe you will glean some real gems from the essays herein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. Wootton | 5/20/2013

    " An excellent collection of Lewis' thought, particularly his early Christian thought - several of the essays from this collection contain themes which he later developed into books. Recommended reading for fans and pupils of Lewis' nonfiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hudson | 4/17/2013

    " On the other other hand, Lewis' polemical and apologetic works are much more to my liking. No preciousness here; just earnest arguments of behalf of the veracity and reasonableness of Christian faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 10/10/2011

    " This is a collection of essays that is outstanding. I took a C.S. Lewis class at Ricks (one of the benefits of attending a church school) and the teacher pulled a lot of material out of this book. It is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TurtleneckGirl | 7/5/2011

    " I'm currently listening to the downloadable audio version of this collection of writings by C.S. Lewis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca Gomes | 2/25/2011

    " I don't typically enjoy his theological essays, however of them, this is one of my favorites. Still, overall, he is best at what we could call "theological fiction". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 12/19/2009

    " A compilation of essays that reveal Lewis' unique insights into many questions raised by the Christian world-view. His essay on miracles offers much food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/15/2009

    " I really love C.S. Lewis. i think i could have talked to him for hours. this book is a very good one. there haven't been many that i didn't love "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Kingston | 7/30/2009

    " C.S. Lewis really makes you think, and this is an excellent collection of his works on Christianity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/29/2009

    " Essential C.S. Lewis by C.S. Lewis (1988) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/24/2009

    " I just read an excerpt from Mere Christianity, and loved it. Makes me want to read the rest of the essay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sar | 11/25/2008

    " it's a good compilation, but i like having the individual books and find them easier to reference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Baldelli | 7/7/2008

    " This is a really good edition. It gives a good comprehensive sampling of C.S. Lewis' work, including short stories, science fiction, non-fiction, and philosophical essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/15/2008

    " A valuable resource and helpful introduction to the breadth of Lewis' work. If you haven't read him, this title will help you get started. If you already love him, this is a worthwhile addition to your library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/6/2008

    " Fantastic collection of a variety of Lewis' forms of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 3/26/2008

    " Giant book of CS Lewis quotes organized by topic. I have used it and used it and used it.

    Not only a must read - it is a must own reference book. "

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About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions to literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include the Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent PlanetThe Four LovesThe Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.