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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
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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.
I have found some readers have started the book, but gave it up after the first four or five chapters, declaring it was "too hard to understand." The book is divided into four parts and I agree that "Book I. RIGHT AND WRONG AS A CLUE TO THE MEANING OF THE UNIVERSE" is a challenge. If it is for you, may I urge you to not give up, but to jump ahead and start at "Book 2. WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE." My guess is you will finish the book; that you will enjoy it thoroughly; you will gain insights to life that will serve you well; and you will go on to read more C.S. Lewis. Once through the book, you can go back and take on Book 1.
This is a book you can open to almost any section. Every chapter was a 30-minute radio broadcast in its original form, so they are not only reasonably short, but independent of each other in many ways.
If you like this book, may I also recommend his "Problem of Pain?" Both are major works, filled with common sense.
As for C.S. Lewis, this is not a quick read because as you proceed you will be aware that you just went past a really big idea, forcing you to loop back and think a bit. While I believe you could classify Lewis as an intellectual the casual reader and lay person can comprehend the big ideas and the deeper thoughts. Remember Lewis also successfully wrote for children (Chronicles Of Narnia). Not to take away from the depth of reasoning and understanding Lewis yields in this book readers might also consider the short allegory called The Matchless Pearl (not to be confused with The Pearl Of Great Price). The Matchless Pearl can be found on the World Wide Web. Ravi Zacharias could easily be today's contemporary of Lewis when it comes to intellectual apologetics. Because Lewis is deceased his work has stood the test of time and his writings are considered classic. Zacharias is still alive and his recorded apologetics can be heard on the WWW.
For those seeking God and answers to your questions, I can't recommend highly enough Mere Christianity.
This book has reignited my desire to know God.
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This book is no doubt one of Professor Lewis' most wonderful works.Read more