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Overview This classic introduction to the Christian faith contemplates life, religion, and humankind's place in the scheme of the universe. By the author of The Joyful Christian. (Religion--Christianity)
In 1941 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, C. S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. More than half a century later, these talks continue to retain their poignancy. First heard as informal radio broadcasts on the BBC, the lectures were published as three books and subsequently combined as Mere Christianity. C. S. Lewis proves that "at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice," rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations. This twentieth century masterpiece provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.
With a new foreword by Lewis's stepson, Douglas Gresham, this illustrated gift edition evokes the historic time and place of the book's creation.
Mere Christianity Large Print Edition
By C. S. Lewis
A beautiful Large Print edition of Mere Christianity - a book that uncovers common ground upon which all those who have Christian faith can stand together.
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Format: Large Print
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.14" Width: 5.93" Height: 1.14" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 2003
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Edition Large Type
ISBN 006057562X ISBN13 9780060575625 UPC 025986575625
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More About C. S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.
C. S. Lewis was born in 1898 and died in 1963.
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Great Read... Understandable! Jun 28, 2007
Even though this was written during a very different time and in a different culture, it is very understandable and easily transferrable to now. Every now and then there is an English reference or a WWII reference that some younger readers might not get. But Lewis does an excellent job presenting the logical case for Christianity so that it can be understood by all. Great read for non-believers who are interested and also for believers looking for ways to answer questions they have or that their non-believing friends they are witnessing to might have.
Provocative in the best sense of the word Jun 27, 2007
It is amazing to think that the essays in "Mere Christianity" were originally short radio essays that C.S. Lewis delivered during World War II. They are so deep. Yet they are so short it's easy to get through one. That's one of the strengths of this book. Lewis breaks down concepts into such small pieces that it is easy to understand his larger points when he makes them. He also continually raises questions and perspectives that make one stop and think. He provokes his readers to have an opinion.
Foundational work for apologetics - the defense of the faith Jun 26, 2007
Where to begin with one of the great classics of the Christian faith? Well, from the beginning, it must be noted that Mere Christianity truly is a must-read for all Christians and that is exactly the intent of the author himself. Lewis set out to write or at least describe the fundamentals of the faith - actually to the truth - to which he himself had been called to almost against his own preferences. Christianity, to Lewis, isn't a mental asset to some sort of religious dogma or doctrine, rather it truly is a confrontation with the greatest truth known to man - that the person of Jesus Christ truly is the Son of the Living God, and only by the redeeming work of Christ can man be restored to a right relationship with our Creator. Mere Christianity is an attempt, and a very good one at that, to describe the concept of how God has woven this inextricable truth into the hearts and minds of mankind. Lewis argues this concept by stating two universal truths that he defends throughout the book:
1. That human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot get rid of it. 2. That they do not in fact behave in that they.
Lewis is describing the concept of natural law, or the "Law of Nature" which puts forth the concept that God created man with eternity set in their hearts and that man's own sinfulness acts as a veil shrouding this truth, but now fully, so that man knows right from wrong, but is enslaved by sin nature to a life of unrighteousness. The chapters of Mere Christianity are arranged in various arguments that address this universal truth, and the final conclusion, once Lewis has demonstrated his premise, is that if true, this argument demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that man is indeed created by an Intelligent Designer who has revealed Himself to mankind through general and specific revelations.
Lewis' concept of Christianity is really very simple - the problem really is that man complicates things, either by mistake or on purpose. But Lewis' concept of Christianity can be summarized by the Creation-Fall-Redemption model. Christianity is a simple, straight-forward explanation for the world not only as we know it and experience it, but also as it was intended to be and what when wrong with it. God's creation is perfect; man's corruption of that original nature is the problem with the world - and now, we live in what Lewis calls "enemy-occupied territory" where the "rightful king has landed" and is working through the church (individual Christians) to take back what is rightfully His. Amazingly, as you read through Mere Christianity, you can see so much of the creative imagery that Lewis brings to life in his wonderful Chronicles of Narnia series.
Lewis also argues that to live the Christian life one must follow the example set by Christ - they must die. Living the Christian life is not a matter of daily ritual or routine, but rather daily sacrifice and surrender. To truly live out the ideals of Christianity one must surrender themselves to the greater authority of the Christian walk - Christ Himself. If we are created for His purposes and for His glory, then we must realize that our understanding of His ways are lower and pale in comparison - the Christian life is not about raising our standards of living, but rather about us dying to self and being made alive in Him. Of course, Lewis then writes about seven "virtues" by which one can measure their Christian life, not in an attempt to live more righteously on our own accord, but rather for the world to measure our surrender to our God - literally for others to see the nature of God transcribed on our lives as we live out who He is before a watching and listening world.
Lewis' concept of Christianity is a very positive approach - it is not a set of rules and standards that a person compares themselves to - rather the Christian life is an appreciation for the ideal, and a pursuit of that ideal through the grace and work of Christ in and through the life of each and every believer. To Lewis the greatest sin is pride - a concept that man, by his own regard and on his own strength, could live a life worthy of God's calling. "Pride," writes Lewis, "is spiritual cancer; it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense."
Christianity, while "easy" to explain for Lewis is not easy to live. Christianity takes work, hard work, and Lewis sets before each reader a pretty stout challenge at the end of Mere Christianity to truly live out this transformed life worthy of our calling as a follower of Christ. He contends that there is nothing ordinary about the Christian life - and, just as men have been great tyrants or great saints, to Lewis the concept of Christianity should force men into thoughts of greatness - not for themselves, but to represent the greatness of the One Whom they serve and represent.
A great read for every Christian, Mere Christianity is simply a classic to be read and reread time and time again.
Clear, Logical, and to the Point Jun 24, 2007
This is another great book by C.S. Lewis. I actually read this book a few times before becoming a Christain and each time I got to the end I felt like, "Yeah! I TOTALLY agree!" But then I found I coulnd't explain the logical progressing from non-believer to beliver to anyone else and so I fell back to my fuzzy-state of semi-belief. However, it is a very good book for putting cracks of hope into non-believers hard protective shell. It certainly placed a few fractures into mine!
The Rationale For Righteousness Jun 22, 2007
If 'because the Bible says so!' is not enough of a motivation for you then Mere Christianity is the book for you.
Mere Christianity proposes a reasonable and rational argument on behalf of Biblical principles. Lewis' grasp of morality and human nature support the sovereignty of Godly ideals by showing how they apply outside of a purely Christian context into everyones everyday life and character.
If you wish to understand the nature of goodness and the many 'whys' behind it Lewis pieces answers together with supreme simplicity, reason and logic. It will equip you to defend the Gospel, deepen your understanding of morality and familiarize you with Jesus teachings without the fire-breathing rhetoric of dogma.