C. S. Lewis
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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 together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
Mere Christianity Book Review
Overall reading Mere Christianity makes you take a step back and think about your life and more precisely what it means to be a Christian. C.S. Lewis takes us through 4 books, each with a Christian theme that intrigues the reader with philosophical views entertaining views from other religions and beliefs also. Having been an atheist converted to a Christian, C.S. Lewis does a very good job of giving examples of doubts we may have as people about the Bible, Jesus’s teachings, or what god is by answering them in his own unique way that applies to people. The way he explained what he meant resembled how Jesus taught in parables. After talking in considerably hard to understand vocabulary, he would come back with an explanation almost like a parable. He took the task of giving his explanation of how to live as a Christian and for me it was a very eye opening and intelligent book to read.
The first subject C.S. Writes about addresses the human nature. He talks about a universal moral law that everyone essentially knows, but it their own decision whether to follow it or not. Doing good deeds or acting evil is not instinctive, but rather a choice we choose to make. C.S. Then goes on to explain the moral law and the many different beliefs or doubts of how and why it is apart of our human nature, eventually coming to a conclusion, his own belief, that there must be a god.
After explaining the background of human nature and the roots of our actions, he talks about the idea of what God is. C.S. Goes into more detail about different religions and atheism, eventually telling his reasons why he chose to be a Christian. Once he explains why he chose to be a Christian, the next 2 books talk about how to live like a Christian. Giving the principle values a Christian should live by and how to strengthen your relationship with God by living like Jesus, if you are a Christian or curious about the religion I would definitely recommend reading this book.
A Theological Classic For Both the Believer & Skeptic
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1898, Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis wrote more than 30 books, several of which are classics of children's fantasy literature and Christian apologetics. You'll find C.S. Lewis on the lists of greatest 20th-century writers, and rarely will you not find Mere Christianity at or near the top of the most influential Christian book lists. I read the theological classic as part of a book study soon after moving to China back in 2003. Mere Christianity is less than 200 pages and is divided into four books:
1. Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe (five chapters focused on the law of human nature)
2. What Christians Believe (1942 - five chapters that include rival conceptions of God)
3. Christian Behaviour (1943 - twelve chapters covering topics such as marriage, forgiveness, hope, and faith)
4. Beyond Personality: Or First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity (1944 - eleven chapters comprising of time, the cost of following Christ, and more)
The books were originally given as a series of BBC radio broadcasts during World War II in which C.S. Lewis provides much-needed answers to complex questions for both believers and nonbelievers. If you have any interest in learning about the fundamentals of the Christian worldview, it is explained in a sensible and logical manner in Mere Christianity. Some, such as the late Chuck Colson, have stated the book was instrumental in helping them know Christ. If you have an interest in apologetics or you consider yourself to be an intelligent skeptic, I recommend checking out Lewis' Mere Christianity. It is a significant piece of work that has impacted many.
For a more in-depth look at Mere Christianity, check out the outline provided by the C.S. Lewis Society of California.