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Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)

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Beversluis analysed Lewis's arguments for Christianity, arriving in the conclusion that each of them is built on faulty logic. His stated aim is to illuminate the least common denominator of Christian doctrine, but the effect of this is to produce a flat picture of a faith that doesn’t evolve to fit changing circumstances.

The American geneticist Francis Collins related his story of conversion from atheism in his book, The Language of God (2006), [54] and described Mere Christianity as having influenced him to embrace Christianity. I WANTED to be a Christian at that moment in my life, and possibly I would have become one even if I had never read Mere Christianity on the heels of the Gospels.As an aside, I personally did not become a Christian because of the 'scientific facts,' although I did assure myself that I wasn't committing intellectual suicide by doing so. I could not sleep, and as I lay in the darkness in need of some comfort and company, I thought that I should go ahead and finish it.

After introducing the moral law, Lewis argues that thirst reflects the fact that people naturally need water, and there is no other substance which satisfies that need.He speaks of universal laws, the differences between longstanding morality and modern psychology, and the logic of why the Christian Gospel, of the invasion of humanity by the God/man Jesus and how theology is constantly practical in every area of the individual, personal lives of moder people. 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. In a 2013 article to Christianity Today, McGrath ranked it the first among the five books by Lewis he liked the most. But even with the certain issues I disagree with Lewis on, there is still a lot of wisdom and truth to be learned from this book. He misrepresents the serious attempt to reconcile undeniable scientific fact with a belief that there is purpose and value to human life.

Due to the timing of the fourth set of talks (10:20 pm), Lewis said he could not do them all live and would have to record some. Analysing Lewis's books, the Australian archeologist Warwick Ball believed Mere Christianity is perhaps his most influential and widely read apologetic work; [32] the American philosopher C. He uses this pretense of “oh, I'm being objective because I get no personal comfort with Christianity being the real and my beliefs are based on evidence.Deemed a classic in Lewis's career and religious literature, Mere Christianity has often received a wide readership decades following its release, and contributed to establishing its author's reputation as "one of the most 'original' exponents of the Christian faith" in the 20th century. For anyone not understanding what I mean by 'works-based repentance', it should be the assertion of every believe that is is by faith that you are saved.

So I still can't figure out what they mean when they speak these simple phrases with those little big words - "God", "saved", "life", "sin" - that kind of thing. He starts with a long (and slightly difficult to follow) discussion regarding the reasoning behind there being a God (opposed to many or none). This same thought process carries through with every single point encountered defining Christian teachings. In the next decades, Mere Christianity is continued to be reprinted and sold by Christian [50] and online booksellers.This was written in 1952 and CS comes across as a wise old buffer in a cardigan speaking to an earnest younger man.

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