Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Mere Christianity Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 17, 2009
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“As we witness Lewis develop we find that these volumes are working as a kind of unconscious autobiography.” (Books & Culture)
“C. S. Lewis understood, like few in the past century, just how deeply faith is both imaginative and rational.” (Christianity Today)
“It is not surprising that Lewis’s time-proven views are still flourishing while most other mid-20th-century works are nearly neglected.” (Wall Street Journal)
From the Back Cover
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 boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 67%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Apparently this book is considered to be one of the most influential and best works ever written in defense of Christianity. If that is the case, then the defense of Christianity is in a sad state. Of course, as an unbeliever I'm unlikely to affirm the conclusions of a book like this, but I have seen intelligent arguments for theism such as Plantinga's "analogous mind" argument. Even though I disagree that the argument is ultimately persuasive, I'll concede it is well-made and thought-provoking. I can't offer the same praise for any of the arguments in C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity.
The famous trilemma (liar, lunatic, or lord) found here is astonishingly stupid (or possibly just intentionally misleading) because it assumes that the Gospels are indeed "gospel" and ignores the best explanation of a liberal mixing of mythologizing and embellishment that almost undoubtedly occurred in the numerous decades from the life of "Jesus" to the time the gospels were written. A reasonably intelligent first grader could point out this glaring problem.
The discussions centering on ethics and morality are very naïve and show a lack of awareness of large areas of philosophy, not to even mention moral psychology and basic social psychology. To be fair though, the latter two weren't very well-developed fields in Lewis's day, but it is nevertheless inexcusable that someone who thinks they have something interesting to say on ethics doesn't even display awareness of basic things like the Euthyphro dilemma. One can get 95% of the substance of Lewis' system of morality by stopping and listening to the next street-corner preacher you come across.
The remainder of Lewis's arguments are not very noteworthy. They essentially boil down to reifying intuition in a naïve form of anthropomorphism. This is actually quite understandable since this is exactly what the cognitive science of religion claims religion is (see Supernatural Agents: Why We Believe in Souls, Gods, and Buddhas). But to take one's naïve intuition and to try to pass it off as rational argument is insulting.
Lewis continually, unapologetically, and obliviously asserts there is intentionality lurking behind causality in realms outside the human social domain (the only place it unquestionably resides). This intentionality must have an agent and it must be supernatural; therefore God. That's Lewis' argument in a nutshell and it is ridiculous.
It has been a while since I reviewed this book. I am a bit surprised at how personally Christians take any criticism of it. Even when my review was several pages down, many months old and very hard to find, people were still commenting on it.
I did not mean to offend people, if I have. I almost get the feeling that people feel as if I told them their children were terrible in the school play. (Which of, course, I would never do!) :) I want to be clear that my review was not a personal attack on Christians or C.S. Lewis. If I were rating Mr. Lewis, even I would give him five stars. He seemed to me to have been a kind, thoughtful gentleman who would have made a great neighbor. I also was not criticizing his writing. Lewis was an excellent writer. I read the entire Narnia series when I was younger and I enjoyed them very much. I am just not a fan of Christian apologetics. I think it is only fair to be up front about that.
Amazon's ratings system has a clear response bias. Most of the hundreds of reviews of this book are by Christians who found what they wanted to hear and responded glowingly. A few reviews are from atheists who did not find the book as interesting or meaningful. In other words, that vast majority of reviews are either five stars or one star. My one star review doesn't mean that it is a worthless book. As I said before, Christians will probably like it. I was reviewing what it did FOR ME. (By the way, I tempered my original title of this review from "I'm not impressed" to "Disappointed," which is probably more accurate. "Mere Christianity" is well-written for what it is. In that sense, it is impressive. But, as I said, Lewis' writing skills were never in doubt.
I am amused that so many people take the time to say that they did not (or, in a few cases, did) find my review helpful while positive reviews around mine go without much comment or feedback of any kind. Perhaps they protest a bit too much.
There are clearly many thoughtful Christians out there. I did not intend to imply that because they are, in my opinion, in denial about their beliefs, that they are stupid. They are not stupid. I do think, however, that many religious people are attracted to their beliefs as much, or more, for emotional reasons than for intellectual ones. This book fills those emotional needs. If you do buy it, I hope you enjoy it.
Most recent customer reviews
This helped me to reflect on areas of my life which I needed to change.