“A common argument, attributed among others to C. S. Lewis (who should have known better), states that, since Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, he must have been either right or else insane or a liar: ‘Mad, Bad or God’. Or, with artless alliteration, ‘Lunatic, Liar or Lord’. The historical evidence that Jesus claimed any sort of divine status is minimal. But even if that evidence were good, the trilemma on offer would be ludicrously inadequate. A fourth possibility, almost too obvious to need mentioning, is that Jesus was honestly mistaken. Plenty of people are.” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, 95.
“While some religious apology is magnificent in its limited way—one might cite Pascal—and some of it is dreary and absurd—here one cannot avoid naming C. S. Lewis….” Christopher Hitchens, God is not Great, 7.
“I am not choosing a straw man here: Lewis is the main chosen propaganda vehicle for Christianity in our time. And nor am I accepting his rather wild supernatural categories, such as devil and demon. Least of all do I accept his reasoning, which is so pathetic as to defy description and which takes his two false alternatives as exclusive antitheses, and then uses them to fashion a crude non sequitur (“Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.”). However, I do credit him with honesty and with some courage. Either the Gospels are in some sense literal truth, or the whole thing is essentially a fraud and perhaps an immoral one at that.” Christopher Hitchens, God is not Great, 119-120.
“The struggle to maintain religious faith in the face of personal tragedy is depicted with great poignancy in C.S. Lewis’ classic A Grief Observed….” Nick Trakakis, The God Beyond Belief, 41. Trakakis also uses A Grief Observed for one of the epigraphs.
On Sam Harris’ blog, he links this article, David Skeel, “Après Lewis,” Wall Street Journal, really a look at apologetics today. Harris critiques Lewis’ trilemma in this op-ed arguing that Francis Collins is a dangerous scientist. There is also a long discussion about reading Lewis in Louise M. Antony’s Philosophers Without Gods (Marvin Belzer, “Mere Strangers,” ch. 8).