Mere Christianity (Paperback)
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DescriptionOne of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, 'Mere Christianity' has sold millions of copies worldwide. The book brings together C.S. Lewis's legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to 'explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times'. 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.
- Published: 12 April 2012
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780007461219 ISBN 10: 0007461216
- Sales rank: 1,433
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Reviews for Mere Christianity
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This book is beautiful, challenging but beautiful.
Id also suggest the audio version as this was originally designed to be listened to and not read.
I highly suggest this to anyone who is struggling. by joseph trapani
I read this on the advice of a fellow I know who is studying to be a pastor. I thought that maybe I would find something about it convincing, or at least interesting. I found it utterly unconvincing and filled with condescending arguments for Christianity as the one true religion.
Lewis' logic is childish, he argues that we all believe in the same fundamental principles as a matter of human nature, and that this proves the existence of God and the rightness of Christianity. This really doesn't take account of, let me think - reality. The basic premise - a Universal ethics that is part of us that leads us to embrace Christ, is flawed. His reasoning begins with the conclusion that Christ is Lord and Christianity is the only correct religion, and he works back from there, and this shows. He doesn't build from the basics, he makes basics up to support faith - an inherently illogical human trait, that can never be explained, at least not by Lewis.
He also says that when he was an atheist he dismissed all religions, but as Christian he accepts that other religions are a little bit right, so this makes him a better person and somehow by inference makes Christianity the right religion. Apart from this being a very weak anecdotal argument, it just sounds like he was dismissive of the variety of human experience before he became a Christian, and then he became only a little bit dismissive, which is somehow him being a good Christian. This only demonstrates that he is narrow minded.
Dull. Read Bertrand Russell's 'Why I am not a Christian'. Much more interesting and better argued. by Lucy Smejkal