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TOP 500 REVIEWERon August 8, 2015
What a breath of fresh air! I have been trying to finish some heavy theological books (mainly Catholic) which I am noticing have been causing me some confusion and brain freeze. As I read these theological books I often wonder "where do they (the authors of these theological books) come up with this stuff?? Now I completely understand these wonderful theological giants are smart and I am not, but I think heaviness and confusion does not help me practice my faith in a open hearted way.
Now this little gem of CS Lewis is clear and light and insightful. He summarizes the Christian faith beautifully. He is funny. He is to the point. Even the fourth part, where he tackles Christian theology, is simple and clear and understandable. This book helps with inspiring faith and living it and loving it.
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on August 1, 2015
#Bookreview: #MereChristianity by #CSLewis Part one of three Considered by many Christians to be a classic of modern apologetics, the influence of Mere Christianity certainly seems to be ubiquitous in the field since the latter half of the 20th century. Ideas presented in the text,such as Lewis’ trilemna, are now standards of apologetic rhetoric, and the claim that most apologists were once “atheists” has become a farcical canard continually trotted ever since. On the whole, the work is one of the more pleasant apologetic books to read. CS Lewis has a legendary grasp on language and maintains a very personable tone throughout the book. Structurally the book has been split thematically into four sections, which are essentially the moral argument, Christian beliefs, Christian morals, and theology. As an atheist it is primarily the first section that interests me, as the moral argument is often presented as one of the rational proofs for God. In fact this idea underpins the whole work, since Lewis works off of the assumption of its validity as the basis of many of his other points. The problem, which I will explain in my second post, is that I do not find the moral argument convincing, which means that I do not find many of Lewis ideas very good either. This is not to say that I completely reject every idea that Lewis brings to the table, only that I do not accept his attempt to unify all understanding under the axiom of Christian theology. At times this can mean that I find his points either shallow or convoluted, but I will grant him two things: 1) Theology is a somewhat internal mater that cannot have the same meaning to an outsider who does not accept its central axioms 2) we are all allowed our vitriol, so long as it is not dangerous. For all his cleaver metaphors and linguistic flourishes, it feels like he is expanding upon a literary construct rather than demonstrating a truth. In fact, Lewis does not provide any substantive evidence and often handles counter arguments poorly. For example, he claims that as an atheist his argument against God was that the universe was unjust, but that this demonstrates a standard of justice and God must be this standard. This is simply fallacious thinking. The universe simply “is”, it has no distinct moral character. It does not correct or punish. Morality as I will attempt to show latter is a description of the interaction between minds and actors. This leaves me with the feeling that rather than attempting to provide a case to non believers he is actually trying to rally and encourage those people who already agree with him by providing easy intuitive answers. The other problem with the work, like many other apologetic works, is the attempt to create forced questions by misleading the reader with either/or scenarios. For example the trilemna does not prohibit you from accepting Christ as a great moral teacher, as even a liar or a madman is not prohibited from the truth and a wise conman or occasionally lucid madman are still more likely than the supernatural. In summary, I found Lewis’ writing style compelling and many of his analogies were quiet ingenious in explaining his view of Christian theology; however, I believe he fails to ensure the validity of his axioms before he begins building his case for Christianity. It is easy to see why Mere Christianity has earned a place in modern apologetics, but for those of us who haven’t already accepted its core premises it is simply not a convincing thesis.
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on July 25, 2015
A very nice book, but the paper of the book are not as good as I expected
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on June 15, 2015
Great condition, great price, what more could you ask for.
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on May 17, 2015
Really good book. Explains Christianity well.
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on April 19, 2015
A must have for Christians. Lewis is brilliant in making certain necessary understandings incredibly simple.
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on March 26, 2015
What a great book. Not an easy read but very worthwhile. Reading was like talking to an old friend. Most of the things he talks about is still relevant in today's world. If you're looking for a book that has all the answers about the Christian faith this book is not for you;that however is what I liked about it. He gives you to it straight,deciding to be a Christian is not an easy path.

It also has one of my all time favourite quotes:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

It really captures the essence of Christianity,either accept Jesus for who he is the son of God or don't believe in him at all. Those are your two options.

Even though there have been thousands of apologetic books written (and I'm not knocking them as there are some great ones out there) this is my #1. It presents Christian theology is a straight forward way,it does not get weighed down by denominations. It's changeling but most definitely worth a read.

As C.S Lewis writes “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” I could not say it better myself.
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on January 13, 2015
C'est un livre excellent, je dirais qu'il dépasse même les bases du Christianisme dans une réflexion suivie et logique pour nous!
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on November 3, 2014
Good foundation Christian book. Very logical and to the point.
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Where do I even start. I haven't read any of Lewis' non-fiction before though I've wanted to for ages. I'm so glad I chose this as my first one. Basically I don't have the words to do the book justice. It is terribly profound. It is logical and oh, so simply deep. At first I found the writing as if I was being talked to like a child but I did have to realise the book was first written in the 1940s and I got used to the style along with realizing that I am a child, a child of God. As I said I do not have the words to do the book justice and that is how I felt throughout reading the whole book. His explanations of why there must be a God ... the God ... Our Father are so simplkistically logical that I was literally stunned and wished I could have thought have that. He goes on to describe the whole Christian religion, from the standpoint of an atheist who converted because it was the only sensible answer to his searching. As a Christian, Catholic, myself I didn't need the proof but I found it utterly enlightening the way he explained things so simply. He covers all the points most non-believers raise as he raised them himself on his journey and C.S. Lewis is one of our great modern thinkers. It took me a while to read the book as after I had read 1, sometimes 2, chapters I just had to stop because I wanted to remember, muse upon and discuss the next day with my coffee group, the way he had made me look at things from a different angle. This is "the" book to read for those looking, searching and trying to find God, even before you decide upon a denomination. Lewis even talks about this. The book is completely Christian without denominational influence. He was Church of England (Anglican/Episcopal) but he talks of how one should find their own denomination without bias. Now that I've read the book, this is one I'm going to keep by my bedside and read a chapter from now and then to learn his phraseology and allegory to help myself when speaking with non-believers. Truly a classic of the 20th century that should be read by all because even if the book doesn't convert you it will give you the true meaning of Christianity and let you know why these Christians you meet aren't perfect.
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