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Mere Christianity by C. S Lewis

Mere Christianity (original 1943; edition 1984)

by C. S Lewis

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Title:Mere Christianity
Authors:C. S Lewis
Info:Macmillan Pub. Co (1984), Edition: Macmillan paperbacks ed, Paperback
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Tags:Christian apologia

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Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis (1943)

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Where do I even start. I haven't read any of Lewis' non-fiction before though I've wanted to for ages. I'm so glad I chose this as my first one. Basically I don't have the words to do the book justice. It is terribly profound. It is logical and oh, so simply deep. At first I found the writing as if I was being talked to like a child but I did have to realise the book was first written in the 1940s and I got used to the style along with realizing that I am a child, a child of God. As I said I do not have the words to do the book justice and that is how I felt throughout reading the whole book. His explanations of why there must be a God ... the God ... Our Father, are so simplistically logical that I was literally stunned and wished I could have thought of that myself. He goes on to describe the whole Christian religion, from the standpoint of an atheist who converted because it was the only sensible answer to his searching. As a Christian, Catholic, myself I didn't need the proof but I found it utterly enlightening the way he explained things so simply. He covers all the points most non-believers raise as he raised them himself on his journey and C.S. Lewis was one of our great modern thinkers. I could have read this book quickly but it took me a while to read as after I had read 1, sometimes 2, chapters I just had to stop because I wanted to remember, muse upon and discuss the next day with my coffee group, the way he had made me look at things from a different angle. This is "the" book to read for those looking, searching and trying to find God, even before you decide upon a denomination. Lewis even talks about this. The book is completely Christian without denominational influence. He was Church of England (Anglican/Episcopal) but he talks of how one should find their own denomination without bias. Now that I've read the book, this is one I'm going to keep by my bedside and read a chapter from now and then to learn his phraseology and allegory to help myself when speaking with non-believers. Truly a classic of the 20th century that should be read by all because even if the book doesn't convert you it will give you the true meaning of Christianity and let you know why these Christians you meet aren't perfect. ( )
  ElizaJane | Oct 31, 2014 |
Great book! Will be re-read many times over. ( )
  beccac220 | Jul 12, 2014 |
With this introduction to Christianity, Lewis proves he is one of the greatest Christian writers, and Mere Christianity rightly takes its place as one of the most accessible works both by Lewis and on Christianity. Though not by any means an apologia for Christianity, it reminds its readers of the truly important matters of faith and makes often complex theology attractive and exciting. An essential book for any Christian on any stage of their journey in faith, and for those too who are sincerely inquisitive about the claims of Christianity. ( )
1 vote xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
I started this during Lent because it seemed likely a timely book. Reading it also coincided with my decision to leave church for awhile. I’d been experiencing doubt for some time and going to church wasn’t fulfilling anymore. I finished the book anyway. I found very little that I disagreed with, which was expected. After all, He wrote it specifically to describe the very basics of Christianity. I’ve heard religious leaders of various denominations all praise this book, because they find it gets to the crux of what makes a Christian Christian, without alienating based on the variations present in the myriad denominations. I enjoyed the book. He writes in a style that is easy to read and that is neither patronizing nor above one’s head. It takes real talent to write on a topic like this and achieve that balance in writing style.

If you are looking for a basic introduction to Christianity, this is definitely the book to read. ( )
  Jessiqa | May 5, 2014 |

Some really good parts, great insight and intuitions, but overall I was surprised by the constant use of absolutely made-up and custom-made logic to try and defend Christian dogmas. This annoyed me, because all through the book there are so many strong points and intuitions.

I will bring here just a couple of examples of his made- up logic: when Lewis explains the reasons behind man's "free will", he wants to answer the question: "how can anything happen contrary to a being with absolute power?" , and he makes the example of a mother who tells her children what to do, but they often don't do it. That, in itself, is a wrong sillogism, because a mother has no absolute power over her children. But then he says that free will is the only thing that makes possible love and beauty etc. while "a world of automata would hardly be worth creating". Why?? Why would it hardly be worth creating? Who knows what God considers worth or not worth creating? That is one of the many statements that Lewis makes that seem to be coming out of his own personal logic rather than proper, strict logical reasoning.

Other reviewers have highlighted the several logical fallacies in this book, so I'll stop here. Thanks for reading. ( )
  tabascofromgudreads | Apr 19, 2014 |
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Cotton candy apologetics - engaging and conversational but shallow.
I am well aware of Lewis' writing talent and he is clearly an intelligent individual, so I feel unqualified to "critique" Mr. Lewis. However, I would like to comment on why, at least for me, Lewis' arguments for the existence of God are uncompelling.

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Every one has heard people quarrelling.
"You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
"A man who jibbed at authority in other things as some people do in religion would have to be content to know nothing all his life."
"The bad psychological material is not a sin but a disease. It does not need to be repented of, but to be cured... Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices."
"We must get over wanting to be needed: in some goodish people, specially women, that is the hardest of all temptations to resist."
"How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints."
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060652926, Paperback)

In 1943 Great Britain, when hope and the moral fabric of society were threatened by the relentless inhumanity of global war, an Oxford don was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. Over half a century after the original lectures, the topic retains it urgency. Expanded into book form, Mere Christianity never flinches as it sets out a rational basis for Christianity and builds an edifice of compassionate morality atop this foundation. As Mr. Lewis clearly demonstrates, Christianity is not a religion of flitting angels and blind faith, but of free will, an innate sense of justice and the grace of God.

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Discusses the essence of Christian faith and the doctrine of the Trinity.

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