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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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I found this book a pure delight to read, and will most likely read it again a few years from now. The use of imagery to explain theology is a powerful teaching tool. It's a refreshing and unique approach, with words flowing from the heart of the author. He simplifies what others tend to complicate. One of my favorite chapters is when he explains why some Christians can be un-Christian in their actions towards others. The words are powerful, convicting and written in love.
10 Quotes From Mere Christianity #TweetThis
If the universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then all our efforts are in the long run hopeless. C. S. Lewis
God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. C. S Lewis
Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices. C. S Lewis
Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive. C. S Lewis
Pride is essentially competitive—is competitive by its very nature. C. S Lewis
If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed. C. S Lewis
When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. C. S Lewis
No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. C. S Lewis
When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world. C. S Lewis
It is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself up to His Personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own. C. S. Lewis
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.
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This book is no doubt one of Professor Lewis' most wonderful works.Read more