C. S. Lewis & The Argument from Joy

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." -- C.S. Lewis C. S. Lewis's argument from joy for the existence of God is an excellent example of an inductive argument. While objections have been raised against the argument, careful consideration finds that the objections are far from insurmountable. Furthermore, Lewis touches upon a universal existential reality that philosophers and psychologists have grappled with for centuries. The way Lewis handles this universal experience of humanity's desire demonstrates marvelous clarity and personal insight. Thus, it can be argued that the argument from joy for the existence of God sets Lewis apart from other apologists as Kreeft states, "Many virtues grace Lewis’s work but the one that lifts him above any other apologetic writer, I believe, is how powerfully he writes about joy." Finally, the argument itself is used quite effectively for evangelism, even if the majority of its most effective users are unaware of Lewis or his contribution the topic.

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