|Number Of Pages||192 pages|
|Edited by||C. S. Lewis|
|Compiled by||C. S. Lewis|
Average review score based on 54 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
C.S. Lewis is plainly a gifted writer. Mere Christianity was a quick and enjoyable read, with an engaging and conversational tone, doubtless recapturing some of the atmosphere that accompanied it when it was first broadcast as a series of radio talks. Its reasoning was easy to follow, and the text was peppered with analogies, many of which are quite clever. The book was written from a series of radio shows done by CS Lewis, so the CD format was especially enjoyable to listen to. One of the critiques of his book is that he rambles, much like he is talking ~ so having the book on CD was probably the best way to get through it.
I found Lewis' arguments for Christianity very interesting. The sections on Christian morality and theology do show evidence of rational consideration and careful reflection. There are also a lot of assumptions he makes about the reader. It is a good beginning for theological study.
Mere Christianity was composed from the perspective of an educated layman in the Church of England during trying times. Writing as a professor of literature, not as a theologian or philosopher, Lewis is able to bring the bare essentials and some of the broader aspects of the faith to the ordinary person in a down-to-earth and common sense way in terms they can easily understand.
This is a quote from Kathleen Norris’ Foreword to the HarperCollins edition: “Lewis seeks in Mere Christianity to help us see religion with fresh eyes, as a radical faith whose adherents might be likened to an underground group gathering in a war zone, a place where evil seems to have the upper hand, to hear messages of hope from the other side.”
Lewis’ logical arguments are eloquently expressed and are interspersed with imaginative illustrations to illuminate his points. He makes fine use of analogy and metaphor to help explain some of the deeper theological concepts. Overall, this Christian classic is a pleasure to read and serves as a splendid introduction to Christian theology and doctrine. It should not be missed.
This book was required reading for a college class, but I recognized the author, C.S. Lewis. (he wrote all the Narnia stories long before they became movies). A classic author in his own right, he writes about timeless subjects, as in the case of this book, "Mere Christianity". Lewis provides an unequal opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful and rational case for the Christian faith. Lewis spoke on radio to his fellow Britons about knowing right from wrong and about what Christians believe. During war-torn Europe; he broadcast his uplifting speeches from 1942 to 1944. These speeches were eventually gathered into this book, "Mere Christianity". It is a work of oral literature, addressed to the people at war.
If you are 'on the fence' so to speak, in regards to Christianity, C.S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the 'half-convinced' good man who lets his intellect get in the way.
I am a long time fan of C.S. Lewis and his master (his words), George MacDonald. I must say that I am a larger fan of both of their masters, Jesus, or Y'shua. Jesus laid into a few simple words immense mystery and simple understanding. Let us understand Mere Christianity is the work of a former Atheist turned Christian apologetic. The Christian and non-Christian alike should read this book so that they may better understand each other. If only the differing beliefs would study one another, en masse.... I find Lewis' prose to be distinctly intelligent and charming. Here for you is a chance to better understand the world in which we share and why many believe Y'shua to be the Creator Incarnate. God Incarnate. The concept shakes one. For anyone interested in theology, I highly recommend this book and along with it, D. James Kennedy's "Why I Believe" and Saint Augustine's "Confessions". The Bible and these 3 make a strong case for a One True Living God with the name of Yaweh.
I bought the book to have extra copies around to share and give to others.
C.S. Lewis has a bright and fresh approach to the daunting topic of Christianity and exactly what being a Christian means and also what it doesn't mean. He is able to disect deep topics and shed spiritual light. I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about the Christian faith. You won't be led down the primrose path with this one.
I enjoyed both the tone and the fireside feel that C.S. Lewis brought out within the text of this book. It read as if Lewis was smoking on his pipe and speaking matter of factly about Christianity. As far as stating a case for Christianity, I didn't feel as if Lewis was approaching the reader from a spiritual hilltop. Through logic, honesty, and his brilliantly simple language Lewis was able to reaffirm and strengthen my approach to Christianity. If you are looking to challenge your faith, and you are seeking to strengthen your approach to Christ - I would most definitely recommend this book. AMDG.