Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)

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A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. Yet to some degree, these strains have always existed, even back to the time of the first Christians. I am an atheist, a recovering catholic to be specific, and was talking to a Christian friend who suggested I read this book.

If you want this same validation, you can either talk to a Christian who knows the facts (as I did), or read something like what Lewis has presented. The book has also been cited by a number of public figures as their influence to their conversion, or re-conversion, to Christianity as well as other Christian denominations.

Lewis tries to get around this by saying that any explanation as to why we and the societies that we occupy can only be coherent with an external being dictating these laws. Eventually, he arrives at Jesus Christ, and invokes a well-known argument now known as Lewis's trilemma. In a 2013 article to Christianity Today, McGrath ranked it the first among the five books by Lewis he liked the most.

He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.If we did… surely we would all agree that if anyone deserved the death penalty, then these filthy quislings did? I could not sleep, and as I lay in the darkness in need of some comfort and company, I thought that I should go ahead and finish it. There had been also criticism, which was primarily directed towards Lewis's "Liar, lunatic, or Lord" trilemma. As Lewis says here in Mere Christianity: "For mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people even here and now and will, in the end, improve them to a degree we cannot yet imagine. S. Lewis provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

The Times Literary Supplement wrote of Lewis's "quite unique power" of making theology interesting, even "exciting and (one might almost say) uproariously funny". The praise was primarily directed to Lewis's humorous, straightforward style of writing; the criticism was primarily around the validity of his trilemma, which defends the Christian doctrine of the divinity of Jesus, and how he should have considered providing more choices. Also listened to it a couple times on audio over the course of a few years, finishing the second time through in October 2011. The book, Hooper continued, shows Lewis's ability of providing a comprehensible guidance of the Christian beliefs/theology to everyone, [40] and "has become synonymous with Lewis".

Analysing Lewis's books, the Australian archeologist Warwick Ball believed Mere Christianity is perhaps his most influential and widely read apologetic work; [32] the American philosopher C. If this is the case, then doesn't it kind of grant to itself that its probably not some supernatural being in the sky that might be the reason they grow?

Mere Christianity explains and elucidates basic Christian doctrines and principles in a most genius matter.The core of the first section centres on an argument from morality, the basis of which is the "law of human nature", a "rule about right and wrong," which, Lewis maintained, is commonly available and known to all human beings. This is one problem I have with evangelists who are so popular that fame has already gone up to their blown-up heads.

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