Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)
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For instance: After starting the journey from his original question of where the ideas of "right" and "wrong" actually come from (He began this during the upheaval of WWII amid the question afforded the Allied Forces as opposed to the Nazis, which adds a unique understanding of his purpose) Lewis comes to accept that there must be an overall "good" force and "bad" force fighting for supremacy.
He starts with a long (and slightly difficult to follow) discussion regarding the reasoning behind there being a God (opposed to many or none). Lewis responded with thanks and observed that modern literature, the first, did not suit him, choosing instead the Christian faith as Lewis understood it. The narrow view of Christianity continues in his pronouncement that "anyone who professes to teach Christian doctrine" will tell you to use all three - baptism, belief, and "Holy Communion. I know that these could be acceptable during his time but I just got a bit annoyed when I was reading the book.Thus are gathered together for the first time Dr Lewis’s modern revaluations of Christian apologetics, ethics and theology – in fact all the central problems of belief and of conduct which face Christians today.
He would go to friends' barbecues and fry steaks and chuckle to himself "if only they knew about my incest family in the basement! 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. One minute he's talking about letters in envelopes and then he's saying, "See, this proves God exists.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.
I’d read this piecemeal through high school and college (including a Lewis tutorial in Oxford during my year abroad), then the ladies of my extended family did an online book discussion through five months of last year. He seems to be saying that through human experiences with the Moral Law, we can deduce a cosmic mind behind the universe. The truth is that we are fallen and often the Church and Christians don't act as they should, but that doesn't mean that God isn't real, just that we as humans are fallible. A layman interpretation of the Christian faith covering many of the questions an interested person would ask.
While atheism might have appeal for some, there is more appeal to those who choose to follow Christ than deciding to reject God in any form. Overall, worth reading just to see how little has to be offered to be heralded as powerful amongst the religious. The language is a bit archaic, and some of the chapters may need to be re-read several times before finally grasping the content.
This was a book I didn’t have the courage to read an atheist, but as progressive Christian I’m so glad I finally gave it a chance. He combines this with other ideas to explain the concept that humanity is essentially flawed - that something is not right.Feeling a desire to help is quite different from feeling that you ought to help whether you want to or not.