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Book review by Stacey Bianco
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
(nonfiction, philosophy, theology)

Right from the start, C.S. Lewis practically proves the existance of God. By putting a microscope to the unwritten rules of society, looking beyond our sense of right and wrong, we find a true instinctual recognition of "good" and "evil", in their most primal form. And if this is so, then there must be a higher morality that we are all aware of, even before our birth.

He then goes on to make a fabulous argument for the belief system of Christianity which, aside from the names of the "characters", isn't a far cry from other religions. The main theme : do good, love each other.

My problem with this book, is when Lewis gets down to the specifics of the religion itself, and "narrow-minds"; man's supernatural instinct of morality into something more social, cultural, and personal. Even after his brilliant debate for the sovereignty of Christianity, which caused me to think twice, even three times, about my own beliefs, I simply cannot bring myself to agree with all of his opinions.

Although I had to re-read several segments with a dictionary nearby, just to be sure I fully understood his points, just reading this book, due to it's deep philosophy and interesting use of language, made me feel quite intelligent. I recommend this book to people of all faiths, whether you're deeply set or just beginning to find your path, Don't allow yourself to be swayed if you don't feel so inspired - continue with what feels right for your own life - but keep your mind open. At worst, it'll give you new things to think about, and there's never a harm in that.

Book review copyright 2019 by Stacey Bianco -- Lifespirit web site

Reprinted by crimsonbird.com with the permission of the author



Table of Contents
(based on the first edition of 1952)

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Preface

BOOK I
RIGHT AND WRONG AS A CLUE TO THE MEANING OF THE UNIVERSE

The Law of Human Nature
Some Objections
The Reality of the Law
What Lies Behind the Law
We Have Cause to Be Uneasy

BOOK II
WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE

The Rival Conceptions of God
The Invasion
The Shocking Alternative
The Perfect Penitent
The Practical Conclusion

BOOK III
CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOUR

The Three Parts of Morality
The "Cardinal Virtues"
Social Morality
Morality and Psychoanalysis
Sexual Morality
Christian Marriage
Forgiveness
The Great Sin
Charity
Hope
Faith

BOOK IV
BEYOND PERSONALITY : OR FIRST STEPS IN THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY

Making and Begetting
The Three-Personal God
Time and Beyond Time
Good Infection
The Obstinate Toy Soldiers
Two Notes
Let's Pretend
Is Christianity Hard or Easy?
Counting the Cost
Nice People or New Men
The New Men