The Magician’s Twin Three-Part Documentary Series

The Magician’s Twin is both a book and a three-part documentary series that explores C.S. Lewis’s views on science, scientism, and society, including such controversial issues as bioengineering, evolution, and intelligent design. You can find out more about the book here. You can watch the three-part documentary series as the installments become available on YouTube using the embedded videos below.

  • Part one of the documentary series,  C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism, explores Lewis’s prophetic concerns about the misuse of science to “abolish” man and to undermine personal freedoms and human dignity.
  • Part two of the documentary series, C.S. Lewis and Evolution, examines Lewis’s growing doubts about parts of Darwinian evolution, beginning with his views while still an atheist.
  • Part three of the documentary series, C. S. Lewis and Intelligent Design, will explore Lewis’s personal struggle to find evidence of intelligent design in a world filled with cruelty, imperfection, and injustice. This video will premiere on YouTube on November 19, 2013.

C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design: A New Documentary

Throughout his life, C.S. Lewis struggled with what he called the “argument from undesign,” the reality that nature exhibits cruelty and imperfection as well as purpose and beauty.  A new 17-minute documentary tells about Lewis’s fascinating personal journey to find evidence of intelligent design in nature despite natural evil. The video is premiering on YouTube and the NRB cable and satellite network in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death on November 22, 2013. The documentary features interviews with John West, editor of The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society; Angus Menuge, editor of C.S. Lewis: Lightbearer in the Shadowlands. Victor Reppert, author of C.S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea; and the late Antony Flew, one of the world’s leading atheists who later came to believe in God before his death.  You can watch the documentary on YouTube starting on Tuesday, November 19.

Premiere of New Documentary on C.S. Lewis and Evolution

What were C.S. Lewis’s views about the provocative topic of Darwinian evolution? Find out in a new short documentary premiering on the C.S. Lewis Web YouTube Channel. The documentary is the second of three videos to be inspired by the recent book The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society.

YouTube Premiere of Magician’s Twin Documentary

  • Does science disprove God?
  • Can science solve all of our social problems?
  • Should scientists try to evolve a superior race?
  • How much surveillance of ordinary people by new technologies is acceptable?

More than a half century ago, C.S. Lewis warned about how science (a good thing) could be twisted in order to attack religion, undermine ethics, and limit human freedom. In the provocative new half-hour documentary The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism, leading Lewis scholars explore Lewis’s prophetic warnings about the abuse of science and how Lewis’s concerns are increasingly relevant for us today.

The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism received its television premiere on the NRB Network. The film now can be viewed for free on YouTube.

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Newly Discovered Notes Reveal C.S. Lewis’s Early Doubts about Darwin

Famed Christian writer C.S. Lewis has often been regarded as either uninterested in the modern evolution debate or generally supportive of evolutionary theory. But newly discovered notes written by Lewis challenge those views, revealing Lewis’s intense interest in the topic of evolution as well as his early skepticism of Darwin.

The unpublished material is described and quoted from for the first time in the new book The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, out this month at Amazon.com and other booksellers.

“C.S. Lewis’s personal library contained more than three dozen books and pamphlets on scientific topics, many of them focused on evolution,” said Dr. John West, editor of The Magician’s Twin. “Several of the books on evolution contained annotations and underlining by Lewis, including Lewis’s personal copy of Charles Darwin’s Autobiography.”

“One of Lewis’s most heavily annotated books was a nearly 400-page book critiquing the creative power of Darwinian natural selection that Lewis first read as a 19-year-old soldier during World War I,” explained West. “Lewis wrote careful notes on most pages of that book, and he later stated that the book’s ‘critique of orthodox Darwinism is not easy to answer.’ Just a few years later, Lewis wrote a letter to his father saying that the evolutionary ideas of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer were built ‘on a foundation of sand.’ Lewis was still an atheist when he expressed these early doubts about Darwin.”

Near the end of his life, meanwhile, Lewis marked up with critical comments his copy of The Phenomenon of Man by prominent theistic evolutionist Teilhard de Chardin.

The Magician’s Twin explores C.S. Lewis’s far-ranging views on science and society, not just evolution, and it features chapters by a number of leading scholars, including Michael Aeschliman, author of C.S. Lewis and the Restitution of Man; Victor Reppert, author of C.S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward Larson; and New York Times-bestselling author Jay Richards. The editor of the book, John West, previously co-edited the award-winning C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and directs the C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society at Discovery Institute.

More information, including the download of a free chapter on “C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design,” is available at the website for The Magician’s Twin.

The Magician’s Twin: New Book and Film on Lewis and Scientism

The fall of 2012 will see the release of The Magician’s Twin, a new book and film exploring C.S. Lewis’s views about science, scientism, and society. The book comes out in late September, while the film will premiere in Seattle on August 11, San Diego on Sept. 15, and St. Louis on Oct. 13, followed by an online release on YouTube in November.

Edited by Dr. John West (who previously co-edited The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia), The Magician’s Twin book will explore Lewis’s warnings about the dehumanizing impact of scientism on ethics, politics, faith, reason, and science itself. Issues explored include Lewis’s views on bioethics, eugenics, evolution, intelligent design, and what he called “scientocracy.” Contributors to the volume include Michael Aeschliman, author of C.S. Lewis and the Restitution of Man; Victor Reppert, author of C.S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea; Jay Richards, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Indivisible; and C. John Collins, author of Science and Faith: Friends or Foes.

For more information, check out the book’s webpage.