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Commentary on social and moral issues of the day Book Review: Mere Christianity by C. Lewis Chris Banescu C. Lewis is one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century, and probably the most down to earth theologian that Western civilization has ever produced.
His eloquent and reasoned defense of the core beliefs and truths of Christianity are timeless. Lewis is indeed an expert at making complex theological issues accessible to believers and non-believers alike.
Lewis' profound clarity of thought, grace, and wisdom has inexorably altered the lives of millions of readers.
An agnostic in his younger years, Lewis understands the objections of non-believers and deals with their arguments head on. In one of his most well-known observations in Mere Christianity, Lewis dismisses the most "foolish" idea people have regarding Christ: A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.
He would either be a lunatic -- on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God.
But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher.
He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. The existence of evil in the world is frequently used to attack Christianity's categorical proclamation that there is a God and He is the Lord of all creation.
But such simplistic criticisms and immature objections are torn to shreds by common sense and Lewis' magnificent, effortlessly articulated logic: Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot.
If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible.
Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -- of creatures that worked like machines -- would hardly be worth creating.
Mere Christianity is full of memorable and powerful revelations that elucidate the foundations of Christian theology, our relationship to God, and the meaning of life.
Lewis could summarize such broad concepts so eloquently without coming across as overly-religious or preachy.
His extraordinary ability to focus on the core tenets of Christianity and explain them with remarkable ease reinforces the wide appeal of his writings."Mere Christianity" began life as a series of lectures given by Lewis in , and the best-selling book that followed had a profound effect on Collins.
"Even in . not what I am offering.” What, in your opinion, is Lewis offering us in Mere Christianity? (2) Do you agree with Lewis that we can all appeal to an objective sense of what is right and What did you make of Lewis’ model of Christian marriage?
(22) “Loving my enemies does not apparently mean thinking them nice.” “Faith is the. In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand lausannecongress2018.comng together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond .
Christian Behaviour enhanced Lewis’ intentions for the Mere Christianity, and helped to remain consistent with emphasizing the importance of a belief in Jesus Christ.
Finally, Beyond Personality was the third publication expressed in Mere Christianity. Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief.
First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.
Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denomin-ations, Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together.