Mere Christianity

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C.S. Lewis is a theological genius. While I don’t agree with every sentence he ever writes, he’s probably the most agreeable Christian writer I’ve ever encountered, and he’s absolutely spot-on with his descriptions, logic, and overall reasoning with the Christian faith. He began as a staunch Atheist, and then argued his way into a corner before he finally realized it wasn’t any good to fight against a God he was beginning to believe in. From that point, he fought just as hard for Christianity.

Mere Christianity is probably the most well-constructed and inspiring book on Christianity I’ve ever read, outside actual scriptural canon. The book is a collection of shorter essays, originally written for the radio. Lewis presents the need for a religion, the existence of God, the nature of God, and the necessity of absolute morals.

My personal favorite is his treatment of moral relativism – popular in today’s society, in the idea that you find “what’s right for you,” and let others do the same. To some extent, of course, I support this (as does Lewis). America’s Constitution guarantees certain freedom to do what you feel is right. But Lewis argues that you have to be willing to accept some universal truth, or you would never claim that anything was “right” or “wrong”, including your own opinions or behaviors. If you want fair treatment – if there is such a thing as “fair” treatment – you must believe that there is such a thing, and that people ought to live by it.

There’s far too many good quotes in here to cite, even if I only shared the ones I bookmarked. But here’s a personal favorite:

“[Some Christians] were accused of saying, ‘Faith is all that matters. Consequently, if you have faith, it doesn’t matter what you do. Sin away, my lad, and have a good time and Christ will see that it makes no difference in the end.’ The answer to that nonsense is that, if what you call your ‘faith’ in Christ does not involve taking the slightest notice of what He says, then it is not Faith at all – not faith or trust in Him, but only intellectual acceptance of some theory about Him.”

Whether or not you’re a Christian, this book is the best description of Christianity I think I’ve ever read, with the possible exception of the New Testament. Go pick up a copy. ♥

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3 thoughts on “Mere Christianity

  1. It is a great book, so well-written and clear. I love most of his works, but The Great Divorce is still my favorite. Talk about insight!

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