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Mere Christianity [Deckle Edge] [Paperback]

C. S. Lewis
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Jan. 25 2001 C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis’s books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

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The late Lewis, Oxford professor, scholar, author, and Christian apologist, presents the listener with a case for orthodox Christianity. This is definitely not the shouting, stomping, sweating, spitting televangelist fare so often parodied; Lewis employs logical arguments that are eloquently expressed. He describes those doctrines that the four major denominations in Britain (Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic) would have in common, e.g., original sin, the transcendent Creator God, and the divinity of Jesus as well as his atonement and bodily resurrection. Geoffrey Howard reads both works, and his performance is superb; he is clear and unhurried, giving just the right emphasis and/or inflection. The volume on the Blackstone edition is recorded at a higher level than HarperAudio's. Otherwise there were no perceived differences in the recordings. If your institution can afford it, the Blackstone production would be preferred because of its sturdy case and the announcement of side changes. Whether or not one agrees with Lewis's arguments, it is a pleasure to hear such a skillful reading of an eloquent work. Public libraries as well as institutions that teach religion/theology or speech should consider. Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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"C.S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the half-convinced, for the good man who...finds his intellect getting in the way." -- Anthony Burgess, New York Times Book Review

"I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration." -- John Updike

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Good July 16 2004
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This book was not written in an attempt to convince the staunch non-believer. It was written for those who believe and those who doubt their non-belief. I felt that his opening chapters regarding the moral argument presented a strong point in a weak way.
Lewis used very little scripture in this book, but I do not see that as a weakness. If Christ genuinely is the Word, then his message should make perfect sense even apart from the written word.
One of the things Lewis demonstrated very well was the fact that if you look at man's dilemma as being fallen, and consider how he came to be in this dilemma, then the solution that Christianity offers makes perfect sense.
The concept of the trinity is also covered very well.
Finally, the chapter on God and Time sheds light on a few misconceptions about God's nature, and introduces a number of different ways of thinking about time that make it easier to see how God can hear everyone's prayers, or how the fact that God knows my future doesn't mean that I have no choice over the matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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There is the story told of a teacher instructing a martial arts class. 2 of the class mates are squaring off. The one boy doesn't have the training as the other does, although he's giving it everything he has. He's pretty much throwing every bit of technique at the advanced student as he can, and yet he still continues to get beat. The teacher finally pulls the less of the 2 students off to the the sides and says, "I know that you are as tough as nails. I know what you know. Perhaps if you went back to the basics, it might not be so difficult." The boys line up and square off. They circle each other. The lesser student finds his opening, BOOM!!! The other kid is sprawled out on the mat.
C.S. Lewis takes us through the basic points, and BOOM!! He floors us with what we thought was just going to be, "Mere Christianity." He wrote this back in the 1940's, yet he used a language that we can all understand, yet you have to take the time to comprehend what he's saying. I looked at this as a complex book on simple issues, and it constantly hit me between the eyes! There are places where you see God in a whole new light. It is like you've never seen it in such a perspective, yet now you find yourself amazed. His illustrations are very simple, yet sometimes you might want to read it again to get the full understanding of what he is saying. Then read it again, and smile, and praise God for this wonderful work! People have labeled this as "The most important book next to the Word of God." It just might be. And it is just the beginning.
C.S. Lewis used to be an atheist, and when he gave his talent to God, he became one of the most influencial writers that Christianity has ever seen! Folks, this is what happens when people might say, "God can't use that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the classic books in Christian apologetics Feb. 24 2013
By SaAnita
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This is a book that I have long enjoyed, and come back to many times. Now I have been using Kindle, it is such a treat to be able to read these classics again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Feb. 24 2014
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I was totally taken up by this book. Great knowledge and insight. This should be a must read for every believers after the Bible. Easily understood and most valued. Thanks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Mind ! Jan. 12 2014
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Mere Christianity

Some will want more detailed and for some, more intellectually stimulating thoughts about God and Christianity BUT if you want to open your mind and start here, you will be enlightened and surprised.
When you think that this was written by a well educated,former atheist for the common BBC listener in the 1940's, you will be amazed how his insights then, still apply to today.
If want to learn about what all this fuss about God and real Christianity is about start here.

Read his "Surprised by Joy" to find how God reached him.
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I recommend this book by CS Lewis for absolutely any adult and teenager. It's one of the few books I've read every chance I got.

The author creates very concrete connections between our physical world and the spiritual world, and even though this was written in the 1940's I found myself saying, 'that's true' time and time again.

It's refreshing to read a novel that's comprised entirely of important thoughts along with useful considerations for personal development regardless of your faith. You will take away a lot from this book, and likely read it two or three times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic introduction to Christian thought. Dec 10 2013
By Dave
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Nobody does it like C. S. Lewis. He is though-provoking, humorous, insightful, and clear. Penetrating insights from a master in his field, but written so that the layperson and the thoughtful seeker can "get it".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent reading Nov. 13 2013
By SandyQ
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To be able to explain my rating all I can say is read the book. It is not a book containing writing on a subject it is a timeless piece of real literature. Read it years back, still reading it and referring it to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful
A thought provoking read. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a basic understanding of Christianity. It's a great starting point.
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