Mere Christianity

The best Books Mere Christianity published Mere Christianity is C S Lewis s forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three se

The best Books Mere Christianity published Mere Christianity is C.S Lewis s forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis saw as the fundamental truths of the religion Rejecting the boundaries that divideMere Christianity is C.S Lewis s forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis saw as the fundamental truths of the religion Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity s many denominations, C.S Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that at the centre of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks the same voice.. A viral Kindle Mere Christianity I had to stop reading this, it was making me ill. It may be that every single sentence in this book is either wrong or offensive or inane or all three. Here's a passage from page 45 - CS is talking about what he calls Dualism (i.e. Manichaeism) whereby the existence of evil is explained by there being two equal forces in the Universe which are in perpetual contention, the Good one and the Bad one. CS says:"If Dualism is true then the Bad Power must be a being who likes badness for its own sake. But in reality we have no experience of anyone liking badness just because it is bad. The nearest we can get to it is in cruelty. But in real life people are cruel for one of two reasons - either because they are sadists, that is, because they have a sexual perversion which makes cruelty a cause of sensual pleasure to them, or else for the sake of something they are going to get out of it - money, or power, or safety. But pleasure, money, power and safety are all, as far as they go, good things. The badness consists in pursuing them by the wrong method, or in the wrong way, or too much. i do not mean, of course, that the people who do this are not desperately wicked. I do mean that wickedness, when you examine it, turns out to be the pursuit of some good in the wrong way. You can be good for the mere sake of goodness : you cannot be bad for the mere sake of badness."I was never that well versed in the subtleties of philosophical debate, and it is true that my brain has been progressively enfeebled by a constant dripfeed of Old Peculiar, chicken tikka masala and Italian exploitation movies, yet even I can see that this adds up to a pile of shit of Brobdingnagian proportions. Dualism is wrong because it is impossible to “like” badness for its own sake, huh? 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? Well now, let’s take our old devilish no-friend-of-mine Adolf Hitler. He was quite convinced that he was doing a GOOD THING by ridding Germany of all Jews. The idea was to eradicate every last one of them. The ultimate idea (though he recognised this was something for later generations and he would not live to see the glad day) was to murder every single Jew throughout the world, because in the very depths of his racist insanity he thought the Jews were Evil. So getting rid of them was Doing the World a Favour. As in – eventually, they will thank me for this gruelling but essential task. Okay, C S Lewis – ANALYSE THAT! How in whatever grotesque rhetorical contortion could that be construed as pursuing a GOOD thing in the wrong way?? There was a classic multiple murderer in 1972 in California called Herbert Mullin – he was a schizophrenic who was obsessed with the impending Big Earthquake and went around randomly beating 13 people to death because his brain told him THAT WAS THE WAY TO STOP THE EARTHQUAKE! I get it, CS, he was trying to do a GOOD thing in a BAD way. So he’s your example. But uh-oh, what about Josef Fritzl and the family in the basement? He knew what he was doing was Very Bad and it gave him a big thrill. He would go to friends' barbecues and fry steaks and chuckle to himself "if only they knew about my incest family in the basement!" Or anyway, take the case of any common or garden wife beater – what GOOD are they trying to achieve in the “wrong way”? Oh, wait – CS says that “power” is as far as it goes a good thing. So it must be that the violent man’s partner is preventing him feeling adequately powerful and so he wishes to restore his power over her – which CS thinks is good – but “in the wrong way”. My brain is reeling from the Grand Canyon of wrongness of all of this. I’m a little shocked. This was written in 1952 and CS comes across as a wise old buffer in a cardigan speaking to an earnest younger man. Both their wives are rustling up something to eat in the kitchen and talking about whatever mysterious things women find so interesting. Meanwhile the men thrash out the deep questions. Here’s a pearl I think we all ought to cherish:“there are situations in which it is the duty of a married man to encourage his sexual impulse” (p.25)Here’s another:“the reason we do not execute witches is that we do not believe there are such things. If we did… surely we would all agree that if anyone deserved the death penalty, then these filthy quislings did?” (p.24)Surely we would, us avuncular old shitbags in cardigans puffing on our pipes and living in the real world as we do.I think a copy of Mere Christianity should be provided free to every impressionable schoolchild in the country. It’d put them off for life.******WHY I THOUGHT OF READING THIS IN THE FIRST PLACEOriginally Pink Floyd was Syd Barrett's band - he was the lead guitarist, lead singer and only songwriter. Then he drank 5000 gallons of LSD and fried his brains. The other boys in the band were disturbed by his weird behaviour but he was still the golden goose for them. They would go round his house and he would teach them his new songs. One day, just before they decided he was too crazy and chucked him out, they went round and he taught them a new song with lots and lots of chords in it. Syd told them it was called "Have You Got It Yet?". He played it again and gleefully sang the chorus (have you got it yet, have you got it yet). They were baffled. he played it again. They still couldn't figure it out. Then they realised that every time he played it he was changing the chords around completely. "Have you got it yet?" - good one, Syd. Very funny. For me, Christians are Syd barrett and I am one of the the duller Pink Floyd members. Every time the Christians play me their song they change the chords. So I still can't figure out what they mean when they speak these simple phrases with those little big words - "God", "saved", "life", "sin" - that kind of thing. Are the Christians deliberately vague and terminally woolly or are they subtle and insightful? Are they serious or do they just want to be in a big club? So I thought I would go back to C S Lewis and try to figure it out again.
Mere Christianity C S Lewis, Kathleen Norris Apr , One of the most popular introductions to Christian faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide The book brings together C S Lewis s legendary broadcast talks of the war years, talks in which he set out simply to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times. Mere Christianity Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis Mere Christianity is C.S Lewis s forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis saw as the fundamental truths of the religion. Mere Christianity by C S Lewis, Paperback Barnes Noble Apr , Mere Christianity is arguably one of the most important Christian works of the th century, and to my mind ranks with Augustine s Confessions in its scope as a systematic theology. Mere Christianity C.S Lewis Signature Classics Kindle Jun , 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. Mere Christianity read online free by C S Lewis Mere Christianity is C.S Lewis s forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis saw as the fundamental truths of the religion.

  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this nameIVE STAPLES LEWIS 1898 1963 was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement He wrote than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.Lewis was married to poet Joy Davidman.

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  1. I had to stop reading this, it was making me ill It may be that every single sentence in this book is either wrong or offensive or inane or all three Here s a passage from page 45 CS is talking about what he calls Dualism i.e Manichaeism whereby the existence of evil is explained by there being two equal forces in the Universe which are in perpetual contention, the Good one and the Bad one CS says If Dualism is true then the Bad Power must be a being who likes badness for its own sake But in rea [...]


  2. I finished listening to this book early this morning, a little before seven I could not sleep, and as I lay in the darkness in need of some comfort and company, I thought that I should go ahead and finish it I am glad I did I am perhaps a bit biased I have always liked Lewis, ever since I read The Chronicles of Narnia in high school My liking deepened for him when I saw the movie Shadowlands Something about his life called to me I have since done research on him and his journey from atheism to f [...]


  3. Read it, even for the last chapter alone Most people have no idea about what Christianity is That is the reason that CS Lewis book exists If you are looking for a book that will convince you to take the leap of faith and become a Christian like so many 1 star reviewers who said they were unconvinced then don t waste your time No book will convince you However, if you are looking for the facts about real Christianity not as a religion, but as a relationship then you can t do much better than Lewi [...]


  4. Lewis is brilliant Here s a quote from the book that s never left my head I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him I m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don t accept His claim to be God That is the one thing we must not say A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher He would either be a lunatic on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg or else he wo [...]


  5. It is no wonder that Christians should revere a miracle working carpenter I think one must be the son of a god to build an attic before the rest of the house.There is no fundamental basis for Lewis arguments I was hoping to find something thought provoking and convincing, but it just felt like the same old ideas Aquinas and Descartes bandied around These are no longer sufficient in a world of thermodynamics and evolution.Lewis has some skill and intellect, but the way he meanders about duality, [...]


  6. I read this for the first time a long while ago, and then again in December of 2007 Each time I read it I find something new It s fairly amazing to be able to point to a page and say, That was me a year ago, a month ago, a day ago This is not a new set of instructions on how to be a Christian it s a very straightforward explanation of the roots of the Christian faith, a naked package of easy to understand information which builds logically from the very beginning It starts off with an appeal to [...]


  7. I ve been into spirituality and meditation for a long time now I ve been practicing a meditation technique called Deep Meditation daily for a year and a half now but recently a good friend of mine my best friend , who is one of the strongest believers I know, has introduced me to Christianity as a faith and the teachings of Jesus, the Word, the Bible, and church At first I was very confused about some things, there was a clash in my beliefs what is sin, confusion surrounding sex, and what God ex [...]


  8. People either love this book or hate it Without passing judgment I don t see how people can actually hate it Seriously C.S Lewis simply breaks down the fundamental truths of Christianity Personally I love how he goes beyond all the denominations, beyond who s right, beyond who s wrong and finds that common thread they all seem to follow From there it s a real eye opener.However, I do have to say the book is so rich with philosophy I found myself reading sentences several times over His example [...]


  9. What an astounding, impressive, fulfilling read I am not normally a non fiction reader unless it is a good historical piece or biography those I will lap up But a book on religion As a pretty dedicated church goer myself, I must candidly say that unless the book is actual scripture itself, it might as well be one of those desperately snobbish self help books full of zippy motivation quotes and the same principles you find in all other books of the same genre, just worded slightly differently Yet [...]


  10. My second non fiction book by C.S.Lewis 1898 1963 and, although I liked A Grief Observed , I also liked this one.This book Mere Christianity published in 1953 was based on the transcript of the BBC radio broadcast that Lewis gave at Oxford during World War II 1941 1944 It was a hit because at that point, Lewis had already published a number of fiction and non fiction books including Out of the Silent Planet 1938 , The Problem of Pain 1940 and The Screwtape Letter 1942 What added to the appeal wa [...]


  11. C S Lewis wove doctrines and lessons regarding the Christian faith throughout his other works, notably the Chronicles of Narnia Ergo, I was surprised when reading this novel that to learn that he used to be an atheist A religious book, written by an ex atheist I was alight with curiosity What caused the switch By studying the faith as an effort to become better at atheism he found religion A strange, roundabout way to go by things but nonetheless thoroughly interesting.Lewis slowly, but surely e [...]


  12. Mere Christianity is such a classic work, and having been read by millions over the past sixty years plus years, it is difficult to say anything new about it As the years have rolled on though, a different society, with different needs and expectations has arisen that sees the world a little different than the British society, in the midst of all the moral and spiritual challenges that happened in the World War II years.Lewis is of a classic apologetic He speaks of universal laws, the differenc [...]


  13. This book shed the first signs of light toward my walk with Christ This book is actually a compilation of a radio series Lewis gave during World War II when the Nazis were bombing London His messages were meant to inspire and give hope during a time of horror and bloodshed.His arguments are borrowed heavily from the Augustinian school of thought, but he makes those arguments relevant to the modern thinker In my opinion, C.S Lewis is the most important religious scholar of the 20th century.When w [...]



  14. Wow What does one say when reading pure genius Whether one chooses to agree or disagree with C.S Lewis, his incredible mind, reasoning skills, and power of deduction are absolutely astounding In this book, he chronicles his journey from devout atheist to committed Christian, recounting each step with his original assumption, then recording his intellectual journey through each idea to it s end result With each conclusion he includes understandable and often masterful examples For instance After [...]


  15. I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him I m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don t accept his claim to be God That is the one thing we must not say A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher He would either be a lunatic on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg or else he would be the Devil of Hell You must make your choice Either this man was, an [...]


  16. I was aware of this book in my childhood but never read it until now, because I m working with two C.S Lewis classes and wanted to get a better sense of his theology I know some people still use this book as a way to explain the tenets of the Christian faith, but I think that is unwise for several reasons Most of the book is based on church not Biblical teachings, which are only really emphasized inside certain denominations The virtue vice lists and the trinity concept these are frameworks that [...]


  17. As a now mature Christian, this book does not impress me as deeply as it once did, because I don t see its arguments as being objectively persuasive to the non Christian Some of them, which seemed to me compelling at the time, now seem too simplistic, admitting of only a few possible arguments Yet when I read it as a teenager, I had just read the Gospels for the first time in my life, and I had been deeply struck by Christ s words and sense of authority I WANTED to be a Christian at that moment [...]


  18. As solid an explanation of Christianity as I have ever encountered Beautiful writing Clarity of thought Solid reasoning The text of this book originated from a series of BBC radio lectures C.S Lewis delivered to England while Nazi bombs rained from the sky Set in that context, the imperative is clear Christianity is not doled out as a panacea for every sheep in the flock It is presented, rather, as an choice of free will, guided by grace and dedicated to justice.


  19. This book quite literally changed my life This is a dramatic, vivid account of a former atheist s realization that God is real and that you can know Him in a personal way Reading this book with an open mind certainly helps to understand Lewis perspective It was originally given as a radio address therefore, it is relatively easy to follow The language is a bit archaic, and some of the chapters may need to be re read several times before finally grasping the content It is completely worth the eff [...]


  20. C.S Lewis is such a prolific and articulate author I m really enjoying his works I m constantly blown away by the way in which he seamlessly with humor explains his beliefs and thoughts I can t wait to read from him I feel bless having closed 2016 year reading his works.


  21. Note I am reviewing the Anniversary Edition pub 1981 C.S Lewis comes from a long line of Christian apologists that have relied upon emotion and hope to justify a metaphyscial existence of God In other words the argument is I feel that God exists, and so because I have this feeling that God exists, God must exist in reality Another form of this sort of thinking is based in Anselm s ontological argument, later used by Descarte My rating of two stars stems from my dislike of what Lewis does rather [...]


  22. Great Also read in March of 1985 Also listened to it a couple times on audio over the course of a few years, finishing the second time through in October 2011.Finished listening to it again in January 2015.



  23. Score for literary merit and enduring cultural importance 5 Score for actual theologizing 3 tops 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 If Christianity only means one bit of good advice, then Christianity is of no importance There has been no lack of good advice for the last four thousand years I d read this piecemeal through high school and college including [...]


  24. I don t know how to begin this book review I ve probably typed and deleted a dozen sentences already Why should this be so difficult Because, I liked it.I did.Except No Even that part, the part he got wrong, I liked.Which made me wonder.Who is this book for Christians Obviously We love this stuff Having a smart guy give smart reasons to explain why Christianity makes perfect sense feelsart It sits well, if you will Many, if not most, of his arguments were things I had not previously thought abou [...]


  25. It was interesting to read this right after reading Cicero s On Moral Duties Both Cicero and Lewis are concerned with an orderly society They are both seeking to put the thoughts and ideas of philosophers in to the layman s terms The problem is Cicero ignores some fundamental questions Cicero and Lewis agree that following general rules of kindness, honesty, etc are helpful in producing an orderly society where individuals can thrive But Cicero appeals to Nature as a guide The problem is that wh [...]


  26. The moment I finished reading Screwtape Letters, I immediately became a fan of this author that made me want to try his other works Mere Christianity is of course one of his most famous work that I should really not miss reading As mentioned in one of my reviews of his other books, I really admire Lewis wisdom in sharing his faith through his works that he was able to provide concrete illustration of the Christian doctrines by giving practical examples Surely, as a Christian, you will immediatel [...]


  27. I had to read this for a high school religion class on those who questioned their faith the least creepy of the religion options my school offered, I assumed Ah, but how foolish not to have taken a class run by the lovely school chaplain Instead, I get someone who deems it appropriate to call one of his students the most moral in the class, note in my mid semester report that I dragged on discussions after he d have preferred to move on what I considered being thorough and making fine distinctio [...]


  28. After years of putting this book off, I finally picked it up The amount of stars I have assigned it says enough about how well it was received Lewis spends the first section using rhetorical devices and logic to try to prove that religion is better than atheism Then he jettisons all of that rhetoric and logic, takes the tennets of Christianity as given fact, and proceeds to deliver a mind numbingly na ve justification for the reasons behind the religion of the Nazarene I m disappointed that this [...]


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