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Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)

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This classic book will still stimulate the minds of Christians, agnostics, atheists and followers of other faiths and it is great to see it still in print. One minute he's talking about letters in envelopes and then he's saying, "See, this proves God exists. Theology means ‘the science of God,’ and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him which are available.

Writing excellent nonfiction is HARD, yet Lewis executes it beautifully and almost makes it look easy. most disparaged" work, adding that "probably because its fans have spoken of it as a profound piece of theology, while it is, as was designed to be, only a primer". For example, he was on-the-dot when he said that most Christians do not need to be taught how to tell whether a thing is right or wrong because they already know. They did not mean, of course, that you might not find an odd individual here and there who did not know it, just as you find a few people who are colour-blind or have no ear for a tune.

Then you would look at it with the lens of trying to figure out what is wrong in almost every step along the way? Because when you do bad things you’re really trying to achieve ends which are really good, but you’re going about it the wrong way, huh? Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think is wicked - the whole outfit. As an aside, I personally did not become a Christian because of the 'scientific facts,' although I did assure myself that I wasn't committing intellectual suicide by doing so.

It's one of my favorites, because the misrepresentation of Christianity in the media and by people who hardly understand it has been a source of frustration for me throughout the majority of my life.

It’s not overly long, certainly not bogged down in theological doctrines that won’t make any sense to a person who does not belong to a specific Christian denomination or who isn’t even a Christian. S. Lewis’s legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to ‘explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times’. Describing the book as "a rare gift", Edward Skillin of the Commonweal magazine commented of Lewis's ability to make "complicated matters" more accessible especially to laypeople.

What was the sense in saying the enemy were in the wrong unless Right is a real thing which the Nazis at bottom knew as well as we did and ought to have practised? Analysing Lewis's books, the Australian archeologist Warwick Ball believed Mere Christianity is perhaps his most influential and widely read apologetic work; [32] the American philosopher C. The work, with Lewis's arguments for God's existence in it, continued to be examined in scholarly circles.The religious worldview holds that there's some sort of being, or force out there that created everything like matter, with a purpose. Yet if faith without works is dead, and many people outside the Church are more Christ-like than those inside, perhaps the very word “Christian” should only be applied to those who really merit it. His analytical approach makes this profound spiritual message that much more powerful, because he does not seek to play on the reader’s emotional heartstrings or sentimentalities. He combines this with other ideas to explain the concept that humanity is essentially flawed - that something is not right.

This explanation (naturalistic) can also explain why certain historical figures have responded to moral dilemmas based on their social norms at the time and place they lived in.Brutal honesty is as much a part of the Christian faith as the comfort is in knowing that while the walk in following Christ is a tough road, we do it not alone, but through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, who lives in us and empowers us to follow him.

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