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Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)

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most disparaged" work, adding that "probably because its fans have spoken of it as a profound piece of theology, while it is, as was designed to be, only a primer".

And the Christians believe that when He said this He was not expressing a sentiment but stating a fact—-just as one is stating a fact when one says that a lock and its key are one mechanism, or that a violin and a bow are one musical instrument. The script drafts had a much wider scope originally, and Lewis prepared for 10-minute talks when the BBC was giving him 15. Lewis responded with thanks and observed that modern literature, the first, did not suit him, choosing instead the Christian faith as Lewis understood it. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to finishing, I’ll condense some of the thoughts I sent via e-mail into a general response.

He tries to argue that whereas “gentleman” once had wealth and class meaning, it now refers to behavior only, and the same is happening with the term “Christian. If we are fools to seek Christ, then why do the laws of human morality and that essential need inside ourselves point to the need for a savior, for fellowship with God? The next point he tries to make is that because we can see throughout history there were different moral standards and we can compare them, there must be a greater absolute morality, “Real Morality”. However, where Nietzsche always asserts his views in first person as if they are fact (where they are opinion), Lewis works his way through his reasoning in the third person - questioning rather than asserting. Having sold over half a million copies in the UK alone, his overview of Christianity has been imitated many time, but never bettered.

Does he not say essentially that the evidence for moral law comes from our ability to know right from wrong?It is what it is, and by the time one is through with the book, whether he decides it is something he wants to make the central part of his life or not, there is no question as to what is actually is. This was written in 1952 and CS comes across as a wise old buffer in a cardigan speaking to an earnest younger man. Lewis wove doctrines and lessons regarding the Christian faith throughout his other works, notably the Chronicles of Narnia.

There is also a considerable readership in China, with 60,000 copies had been sold there as of 2014. Joseph McSorley of The Catholic World found Lewis writing "with his customary clarity and incisiveness, and with proofs that the average man will find convincing. As an intellectual and former atheist, he argues powerfully each and every reason why Christianity is true both from a philosophical and from a biblical point of view. He seems to be saying that through human experiences with the Moral Law, we can deduce a cosmic mind behind the universe.Mere Christianity has retained popularity years after its publication, [35] [36] and has been compared to other well-known Christian works, including Augustine's The City of God and G. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.

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