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22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

Christianity as it meant to be.

The essentials of Christianity are presented in an enlightening, easy-to-grasp narrative. Both Christian and non-Christians benefit from reading this book. Christians will gain new insights as to why they believe non-Christians will find a brilliant exposition of basi...
The essentials of Christianity are presented in an enlightening, easy-to-grasp narrative. Both Christian and non-Christians benefit from reading this book. Christians will gain new insights as to why they believe non-Christians will find a brilliant exposition of basic Christian beliefs. It certainly will provoke you to carefully consider what and why you believe. Lewis writes, 'You must make your choice. Either this man [Christ] was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse...But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher.'

posted by Anonymous on September 14, 2008

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4 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

Mere obfuscation and sophistry.

C.S.Lewis, a capable writer and rare example of Xian intellectual, and friend of J.R.R Tolkien, an even better writer is best known for works such as the Perelandra Trilogy, the Chronicles of Narnia, and the Screwtape letters. In the aforementioned works he used fictio...
C.S.Lewis, a capable writer and rare example of Xian intellectual, and friend of J.R.R Tolkien, an even better writer is best known for works such as the Perelandra Trilogy, the Chronicles of Narnia, and the Screwtape letters. In the aforementioned works he used fiction and fantasy elements to conceal religious themes. In Mere Christianity, the author dispenses with using parables, allegory, and fiction. He decides to get serious and tell it like it is in Lewis' imagination, as his theology does not correspond with any reality known in this world. Perhaps Alpha Ceti Prime has a world that meets Lewis' doctrinal metaphysics? Most Xians disdain using logic and reason to support their faith and see their faith as something that is believed or not believed, and the lack of evidence therefore, requires faith. Faith which ultimately boils down to wishful thinking, is the substance and foundation of Christianity, not reason or logic. Yet Lewis, like T. Aquinas before him tries the approach of reason as does McDowell the author of Evidence That Demands a Verdict. All of this stuff I have read with chuckles and giggles supressed. To answer who made the world with 'God' is to answer an unknown with an even greater unknown. At least the origins of the Universe should be accessible and solvable by the Scientific Method. Not so God, of whom, even his supporters admit, nobody knows anything except by 'revelation' meaning hearsay. One man says 'God told me such and such' and an even bigger blockhead believes him. Surprisingly, C.S.Lewis for a smart fellow, seems to forget the obvious. If God wants us to do such and such, he or she ought to make things clear as the noon-day sun, not leave things to long dead prophets, of which the Bible itself refers to as madmen deceived by God. Why cannot God tell me point blank 'I made you for this reason, I want you to do this, and I want you to stop doing that.' But this does not occur. Attempts to justify faith, which is belief without or contrary to evidence, by reason, is like using Socratic reasoning to support the existence of Unicorns. Basically, Lewis' 'logical' arguments boil down to 'I have an inner knowledge that the bizzare version of reality contained in Holy Writ is truth.' What am I or you to do with Lewis' or anybody else's 'inner' feelings? We can't argue or discuss that rationally. Even more amusing were Lewis' attempts to justify eternal suffering in Hell. No matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you conceal your illogic and specious reasoning with sesquipedalian words [words a foot and a half long--coined by Aristotle], you can never justify giving a finite amount of evil, an eternal punishment. Nor can you ever align that with a God of good. A God who is both good and evil might work, and a God who is mostly evil works even better. But this good guy God needs to be abandoned if hellfire is retained, else Hell can be forever thrown into the trashheap of theology, and the good God retained. You can't have it both ways. Better yet, throw God in the trash can with his stupid doctrines and laws, with other relics of the ignorant and superstitious past. Trying to justify past idiocies with 'reason' denotes a really lame intellect indeed. Lewis should have stuck to fiction, which at least had the slender palliative of entertainment to justify it. Mere Christianity belongs in the waste basket.

posted by Anonymous on June 17, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2004

    just okay

    Interesting book with good points but really hard to get into. I was alittle disappointed because everyone I've talked to said it was great and that I need to read it. I forced myself 3/4 of the way thru it then stopped because I was so bored with it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    CHRISTIANITY IN ITS MOST PRIMEVAL STYLE.

    'MERE CHRISTIANITY' BY C.S.LEWIS IS ONE OF THE OLD (1940'S) STYLE OF EXPLANATIONS THAT TALKED DOWN TO THE IGNORANT MASSES. LIKE TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO CHILDREN OR THE UNEDUCATED. IT IS SO STRANGE THAT HE SPEAKS ONLY TO THE MAN THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE BOOK, AS IF WOMEN ARE AN AFTER-THOUGHT OR DO NOT EXIST EXCEPT FOR THE PLEASURE OF THE MAN. HE LIVES IN A VERY UNMODERN WORLD,COMPARED TO TODAY, SUCH AS A PRIEST. HE HAS NEVER BEEN MARRIED, A LIFELONG BATCHELOR WHICH LIVES IN ONLY THE COMPANY OF MEN. HIS NEW RELIGION, SINCE HE WAS AN ATHEIST AT SOME TIME IN HIS PAST, IS THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF ENGLAND, WHERE HE SAYS SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT ARE NON-CHRISTIAN. YET HE CREDITS ALL THE LATEST SCIENCES SUCH AS CHARLES DARWINS EVOLUTION AND NATURAL SELECTION THEORY AS FACT. SO, HE IS NOT A MORON OR A REAL RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALIST OR BIBLE LITERALIST. HE IS A WELL KNOWN MAN OF LETTERS AND I WONDER WHY HE WROTE THIS BOOK, EXCEPT HE WAS INVITED TO SPEAK OVER THE BBC RADIO NETWORK ON CHRISTIANITY. HE ONLY COVERS THE IMAGE OF CHRISTIANITY AS IT SHOULD BE, THE OUTSIDE VEIL OR CLOAK, NOT THE REAL HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY'S PAST MISDEEDS.

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