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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.
As a former, professed atheist, C.S. Lewis has a profound way of communicating his experience and journey towards faith and ultimately the Christian faith. Though his writings can be somewhat complicated, he has a way of making sure his readers eventually understand his point(s). He has an amazing gift in doing so.
The narrator of this book has a very pleasant voice. He has a slight accent which gives the listener a sort of 'confidence', if you will, in the authenticity of the words which helps convey the honesty of the thoughts behind those words. I absolutely recommend this book.
I was at Disneyland when I noticed a crowd near the entrance gathering to watch something. There was a man painting in a single color (red) in broad strokes, seemingly without purpose but we all knew better. Soon these broad strokes covered the entire canvas, the crowd and I were confused because the picture was seemingly without form. We collectively wondered, "were we missing something?" Then he paints in broad white strokes, we watch and wholly expect him to cover the canvas in white but he doesn't.
The painter is "layering" his art, rather than drawing the lines of his portrait, he progressively refines his piece of art by reducing his broad strokes. Soon we can see a semblance of his idea presented on canvas, but only because those previous layers inform the top most layers. Finally, we see the entire picture.
Lewis is very conceptual and begins an apologetic presentation of orthodox Christianity (orthodox being as he describes "the core within each denomination" - paraphrase) with similarly broad frameworks. His presentation and logic are not always easy to follow because he begins so broadly, but rest assured he does reach his purpose.
These concepts were fantastic to explore and were cognitively demanding. I recommend this book for someone looking to explore their own faith (or with others in a group) but do not expect this to inform your missional purpose: unless reflecting on the logic of chaos/moral law seems to you as the most effective means of proselytizing to others.
I will say, however, that my study group struggled with this book because we read it in chunks. Like art, it is easier to appreciate once you have seen the "big picture".