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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It may not be a persuasive book for the agnostic or the atheist, but it is a superb book for the new convert or almost-convert.

It's one of my favorites, because the misrepresentation of Christianity in the media and by people who hardly understand it has been a source of frustration for me throughout the majority of my life.

Also, the controlling power of this law must be beyond the universe and can also only be detected within. 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. He explains that prudence means common sense - the idea that Christians should not be unintelligent by any means (though so many appear to be - judging by all the 'you will burn in hell for this' comments you can find on Facebook or instagram) and that temperance is not about complete abstinence.

It's great to believe in something passionately, but it's important and vital to know WHY you believe it. It is a delight to see him demolish in a paragraph many of the heresies which have contributed to our present ghastly condition. He combines this with other ideas to explain the concept that humanity is essentially flawed - that something is not right. The book, along with his arguments for the existence of God, have frequently received academic evaluation, [29] [30] either complimenting or critical. If you are looking for a book that will convince you to take the leap of faith and become a Christian (like so many 1-star reviewers who said they were unconvinced) then don't waste your time.Mere Christianity helped to draw me in; Screwtape Letters helped to keep me aware of where I really was (and wasn't). In fact, as I am fond of dogearing pages with beautiful passages, I think a quarter of the pages are now dogeared and there were those pages that I could not decide whether the dogear should be to the left or to the right because both sides have beautiful passages so I just marked those with a pen. He does not find tenacity in reason, but in romanticism, in idealism, in fear, and in a blindness to his own faults, even as he seeks out those of others. I still don't know how he even thought of illustrations that so perfectly captured the heart of his topic, but everything he said was just so clear and lucidly expressed to the reader exactly what he wanted to say. For this, Lewis as a very practical laymen, has done a wonderful job of showing that mere Christianity is a lot more than a whole mass of systems and ideologies, and that in comparison, they are worldly and ultimately worthless next to the Saviour/ carpenter from Nazareth.

Animals sacrifice their own bodies for the good of the herd, or colony, or another in need all the time. Chesterton is a much better source (in Heretics and Orthodoxy for looking into 'why' someone believes - but at the core of it all is of course pure faith - based upon the rational but appearing irrational). 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. An example of this was when he quoted phrases in his book and claimed that those are said by Jesus Christ. S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that "at the centre of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks the same voice.For the first, I believe that those who read this work expecting to see some kind of justification for belief will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for the facts about real Christianity (not as a religion, but as a relationship) then you can't do much better than Lewis.

This is the kind of book that makes you see things in a new light, a book that augments your perspective and knowledge and leaves you feeling baffled at how much you didn't know and how much you just absorbed.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Commentators have also seen it as a guide to the basics of the Christian faith [27] and to his theology. Initial reviews of Mere Christianity generally show enthusiasm, [5] and most of them were from Christian publications. It is often used as an evangelistic tool, [46] predominantly in Christian-majority countries, including the United States, where its influence is most felt. This is a dramatic, vivid account of a former atheist's realization that God is real and that you can know Him in a personal way.

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