God in the Dock is a collection of forty-eight previously unpublished essays and twelve letters from C. S. Lewis, written between 1940 and 1963, collected from many sources after his death. 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 judgement, prefer to place God on trial while acting as his judge.
Ranging from popular newspaper articles to learned defenses of the faith, these pieces cover topics as varied as the logic of theism, good and evil, miracles, the role of women in the church, and ethics and politics. Many represent Lewis’s first ventures into themes he would later treat in full-length books.
“C. S. Lewis struck me as the most thoroughly converted man I ever met,” observes Walter Hooper in this book’s preface. “His whole vision of life was such that the natural and the supernatural seemed inseparably combined.” And it is precisely this pervasive Christianity which is demonstrated in the 48 essays comprising God in the Dock. Here Lewis addresses himself both to theological questions and to those which Hooper terms “semi-theological,” or ethical. But whether he is discussing “Evil and God,” “Miracles,” “The Decline of Religion,” or “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment,” his insight and observations are thoroughly and profoundly Christian.