Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)

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Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)

Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)

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S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, written by Marsden, was released in 2016, [72] and received a positive reception from critics, [73] [74] with some criticism to its conclusion.

And probably the most important thing in his book, or in any book for that matter, is that when I put it down, I was determined to be a better person, to fix up deficiencies in my life. I find it interesting that he says we no longer believe that witches exist, yet the bible does give a direct command as to what to do with these non-existent beings in Exodus. 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. 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. Beversluis analysed Lewis's arguments for Christianity, arriving in the conclusion that each of them is built on faulty logic.

S. Lewis’s earlier books, revaluating Christian apologetics, ethics and theology – the central problems of belief and of conduct which Christians face today. Not just walk across the line to be accepted but literally lay down his weapons, beg asylum and put oneself at the mercy of the opposing force. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, ‘Mere Christianity’ provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

What the reader is struck with again, upon reading the Oxford professor and Christian lay leader, is just how understanding he is of the typical struggles that the believer faces. In the preface to later editions, Lewis described his desire to avoid contested theological doctrine by focusing on core beliefs of the Christian Faith.As an atheist who has seen first hand all the good Christian values have brought to societies, I was expecting something that would bridge the gap between my thinking this was more out of the innate good in men and the impact of "god" in this outcome. He talks about a moral standard that we all feel inside, and how Christianity is about living an ideal without taking personal pride in our performance. After being alone and afraid in a grand world ripped by World Wars, who wouldn't feel a desperate need for meaning? Even if you read only the last chapter (about the next evolution of humanity), you'll have captured a significant (and inspiring) picture of real (er, Mere) Christianity. This is a thorough refutation of Lewis's arguments which he himself abandoned late in life because it convinced none of his friends.

The religious worldview holds that there's some sort of being, or force out there that created everything like matter, with a purpose. The lines of choice are quite cleanly cut, and there's no room left to meander in the middle without a good deal of trying to convince oneself that he/she didn't just read what he thinks he did. Or anyway, take the case of any common or garden wife beater – what GOOD are they trying to achieve in the “wrong way”?This second time around, about a dozen years after I first started broadening my idea of what Christianity could be, I was surprised by how inadequate I found much of Lewis’s thinking to be. Deemed a classic in Lewis's career and religious literature, Mere Christianity has often received a wide readership decades following its release, and contributed to establishing its author's reputation as "one of the most 'original' exponents of the Christian faith" in the 20th century. Being a popular moralist, I also detected some arrogance in his pronouncements as if he knew everything about Christian Faith.

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