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Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
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Aug 18, 2007

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An interesting book, particularly for those with at least a passing interest in the basics of Christianity across all (or at least, so Lewis claims) denominations. As a book of philosophy, however, it leaves much to be desired. He often starts from easily arguable premises and moves through a series of questionable steps of logic in order to prove the truth of Christianity. And some of the bigger - and perhaps, for some, more pressing - questions he leaves untouched, acknowledging that, at least as far as he can tell, they are unanswerable by man; he, of course, never concedes the point that the whole premise of such questions could be inherently illogical and perhaps even false. But as this is a work by a staunch Christian as an apology (and I mean this in the Socratic sense) for the Christian faith, one should not come to this book when looking for a dispassionate appraisal of Christian beliefs. I enjoyed this book as much for the opportunities it afforded me as an armchair (and largely unskilled) philosopher to analyze and critique the philosophical work of another, while at the same time appreciating the sincerity of his intent, and the pleasant, English grandfather-eque tone with which Lewis so charmingly writes.
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