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Mere Christianity Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 21, 2015
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The late Lewis, Oxford professor, scholar, author, and Christian apologist, presents the listener with a case for orthodox Christianity. This is definitely not the shouting, stomping, sweating, spitting televangelist fare so often parodied; Lewis employs logical arguments that are eloquently expressed. He describes those doctrines that the four major denominations in Britain (Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic) would have in common, e.g., original sin, the transcendent Creator God, and the divinity of Jesus as well as his atonement and bodily resurrection. Geoffrey Howard reads both works, and his performance is superb; he is clear and unhurried, giving just the right emphasis and/or inflection. The volume on the Blackstone edition is recorded at a higher level than HarperAudio's. Otherwise there were no perceived differences in the recordings. If your institution can afford it, the Blackstone production would be preferred because of its sturdy case and the announcement of side changes. Whether or not one agrees with Lewis's arguments, it is a pleasure to hear such a skillful reading of an eloquent work. Public libraries as well as institutions that teach religion/theology or speech should consider. Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg
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- It has NO text justification so that each line is a random length and many lines are a single word (see picture)
- It has NO paragraph spaces, chapter headings, or page numbers
- It has weird text at the start for what appears to be a digital version of the book (see photos)
It looks like someone copied all the text from a webpage, put in a document and just hit "print" without any editing or formatting or anything. DO NOT BUY this version.
For the non-believer, it is a great opportunity to get a bare-bones explanation of everything Christians believe. For the believer, it is a great help in understanding why you believe what you believe. Many Christians, without really realizing it, believe things without knowing why. Lewis's explanation of Christian doctrine from the ground up helps the Christian fill in the blank parts of their theological understanding.
There is not one single day in which an idea from this book doesn't pass through my mind, and I use logic from the book on a regular basis to explain what I believe and why. I would highly recommend this book.
Very thought out and logical arguments. His sentences are long so sometimes the reader needs to read the passage more than once to get his meaning, but that is fair since he was a brilliant author and an accomplished wordsmith.
Must read for any Christian, and an excellent rebuttal text for those who believe Christianity is a crutch, or man-made fiction.
CSL presented this as a series of BBC broadcasts in England at the height of WWII, during the blitzkrieg of 1942 and is incredibly relevant to today. Evil persists. Morphs, but persists. Truth persists. Doesn't morph. Persists. And truth is what CSL presents.
So far it's interesting how CSL focuses on the "mere" Christianity (you'll have to read it to find out what he means by that), deliberately avoiding debatable topics, and even ranking the importance of debatable topics. I'm still a bit wary, hoping he doesn't provide a mere vanilla Christianity. We'll see.
As I read it, I'm creating a series of study questions to use with my friend. Makes me wonder if such a study guide is available elsewhere. However, creating study questions may be more valuable to help work on getting us both to see "what's there" in this book. Which, honestly, I'm hoping to use as the principles for studying the scriptures, directly, itself.