One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, ‘Mere Christianity’ has sold millions of copies worldwide.
The book brings together C.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’.
Rejecting the boundar...more
Popular Answered Questions
In a nut shell, Christianity believes Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Jewish Messiah, who is the son of God, lived a…moreWell I'd say read the book!
In a nut shell, Christianity believes Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Jewish Messiah, who is the son of God, lived a blameless life and offered his life as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of humanity and rose from the dead; and his followers strive to live a life according to the pattern that he set fourth while awaiting the second coming of Christ which will Harold the end of the world.
If you would like more detail on specifics such as "What does Christianity say about XXXX" well...you'll have to read the book.(less)
"If Dualism is true then the Bad Power must be a being who likes badness for its own sake. ...more
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 athei ...more
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 ...more
"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 - o ...more
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 duali ...more
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 appea ...more
Why I Read the Book
Bible literalists are left in the awkward position of having to somehow justify the countless murders perpetrated by God in the Bible. Drowning millions of men, women, children, babies and animals is somehow good and loving. Slaughtering the innocent first-born sons of the Egyptians is somehow the right thing to do.
A little while back, I had a four-hour conversation with a Seventh-Day Adventist pasto ...more
However, I do have to say the book is so rich with philosophy I found myself reading sentences several times ov ...more
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 ...more
Lewis' is more of a classic apologetic. He speaks of universal laws, the di ...more
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: ...more
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.
-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 framewo ...more
“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...more
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 ...more
Because, I liked it.
No. Even that part, the part he got wrong, I liked.
Which made me wonder.
Who is this book for?
Obviously. We love this stuff. Having a smart guy give smart reasons to explain why Christianity makes perfect sense feels...smart. It sits well, if you will. Many, if not most, of his arguments were things I had not previously ...more
فيه قال اكاتب انطباعه عن المسيحية مقارنة بتفكير الانسان نفسه وما يتوقعه منها
لم يتكلم عن عقيدة بل تكلم عن الحياة فصارت كلماته متفقة تماما مع العقيدة ومع الحياة كما يراها اى انسان
كتاب انصح بقراءته اكثر من مرة لانه دسم جدا
الكتاب فى القراءةالثانية اسهل واروع
ولازال يستحق الخمس نجوم بجدارة
وادعو الجميع لقراءته بهدوء والاستمتاع به
Finished listening to it again in January 2015.
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 more 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 colle ...more
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.I think of this quote every time I eat poached eggs. C.S. Lewis has a lot to answer for.
The two chapters on Faith brought me back. Once you get past the redudant analogies and personal judgments, you begin to understand his overall ideology. Which is everything t ...more
There are transitions, and there will be opposition, but the fact that Lewis published taking the risks involved in doing so is very important in this scope; this is not a book with a lack of arguments, actually, it's pretty co ...more