Thursday, October 20, 2005

from mere christianity to miracles

What is a miracle ?
'an event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message' (John 2:18; Matt. 12:38)
I have read the book Miracles by C.S. Lewis and i was really (again) taken aback by his intelligence. Not only is he good in explaining abstract concerns but he execute it precisely. His book Miracles delves into a structured and analytical argument for the reality of miracles.

It is a book with philosophical arguments, tough conceptual and logical support for each step in the and most of all a clear progression of ideas from the generalized to the specific.
He concentrated on the question of whether miracles are possible simply on a theoretical or conceptual basis.
Then he scrutinize how they could be possible on that same basis, and finally progresses on to addressing the miracles of Christianity - Christ's resurrection, and what Lewis categorizes as the "miracles of the Old Creation" and the "miracles of the New Creation."
This book is a really deep (and I mean deep), well thought-out, and has a precise analysis and argument about miracles.

If I would be asked if the is book accessible to a wide audience and easy to read? No, it is not. Honestly, I struggled to finish this book. Thank God that I have been compelled to read it by its analytical enigma. Then you may ask 'Why?'
One honest answer would be because the book takes a deliberate effort to read and digest.
Where Mere Christianity presented the basic creed of Christianity on a strong foundation of reason and logic, Miracles goes much further in its firmness and depth from the beginning to end.
You really have to deliberately take the time and energy to carefully read what's being said and to digest and really understand each progression in the argument.
This book would feel right at home on the "Philosophy" shelf in the bookstore or library.
Is the book worthwhile? I have struggled and I have finished it, and the answer would be YES.

Grace Bible Church