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COVER STORY Media ensure a comfy rise for Bill Shorten

CANBERRA OBSERVED Can Liberals' broad church survive schism?

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Middle-East time bomb: youth unemployment

ENVIRONMENT Europe's freeze further proof of global warming!

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Cashless debit card records positive results

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Liberals' Tasmanian victory: the implications

OPINION The height of absurdity: education as business

ECONOMICS AND CHINA Eyes averted from the dragon in the marketplace

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM The state attacking the Church: lessons from history

FAMILY POLITICS A Trojan horse for monitoring children

NORTH AMERICA The cultural and political mosaic that is Canada

CINEMA Mary Magdalene on film: a new interpretation

MUSIC Audio-visual: or, how to watch your music

CINEMA The Adventures of Tintin: A light amid the bleakness

BOOK REVIEW Taking arms against the gender fluid fad

BOOK REVIEW Narrative history from a great writer



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Justin Dyer and Micah J. Watson


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Conventional wisdom holds that C. S. Lewis was uninterested in politics and public affairs. The conventional wisdom is wrong. As Justin Buckley Dyer and Micah J. Watson show in this groundbreaking work, Lewis was deeply interested in the fundamental truths and falsehoods about human nature and how these conceptions manifest themselves in the contested and turbulent public square. Ranging from the depths of Lewis' philosophical treatments of epistemology and moral pedagogy to practical considerations of morals legislation and responsible citizenship, this book explores the contours of Lewis' multi-faceted Christian engagement with political philosophy generally and the natural-law tradition in particular. Drawing from the full range of Lewis' corpus and situating his thought in relationship to both ancient and modern seminal thinkers, C. S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law offers an unprecedented look at politics and political thought from the perspective of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers.

  • Offers a unique combination of two popular topics, C. S. Lewis and politics; this is the first book exclusively dedicated to C. S. Lewis' political thought
  • Appeals to a wide audience, including academics who wish to better understand Lewis and who also want to better understand Evangelicals, traditional Catholics, and other religious believers for whom Lewis is a significant influence
  • Provides insight not only into Lewis' thought, but also the religious and political thought of his significant and enduring audience
  • Addresses the challenges of pluralism and politics, providing a better understanding of how the role of Christianity in Western cultures has been shifting in recent decades


About the authors

Justin Buckley Dyer is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Natural Law and the Antislavery Constitutional Tradition (Cambridge, 2012); Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of Constitutional Meaning (Cambridge, 2013); and the editor of American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the Declaration of Independence (2012). He earned a PhD in government at the University of Texas, Austin, and a BA and MPA at the University of Oklahoma.

Micah J. Watson is 2015–16 William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Calvin College, Michigan. He is the co-editor of Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought (2012), and has contributed chapters to this book as well as John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement (2015), and Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order (2014). In 2010–11 he was the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University, New Jersey. He earned his PhD in politics at Princeton University, and his MA in Church-State Studies at Baylor University, Texas.


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