I love that C.S.Lewis does not let the reader assume anything. When he comes to a point or a conclusion he doesn't stop and assume that it answers all the readers questions and jump ahead; rather he forces you to see all possibilities first. As a Christian it was rather pleasant to hear these arguments for the case of Christianity from a skeptics view-point.
“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
-C.S.Lewis, Mere Christianity.
The entire 'book one'
A Case for Christianity.
I would suggest looking up C.S. Lewis and his background when it came to religion and his becoming a christian. He was an intelligent and skeptical man which made him very thorough. For me, knowing his personal story gave more weight to his words then anything else.
You will need to listen to this at least 4 times. Some paragraphs have to be thought on. He says more in 1 sentence than most authors do in an entire book. He takes the logic from the moral law to core vile sins of man.
The Moral law over-rides instinct - awesome logic. Pride the worst sin. It was why the devil became the devil. Read that chapter.
The illustration of the ships and morality.
Made me think - and solidify my faith.
This narrator did a fine job, I like his voice inflections & Mr. Lewis' use of language is quite engaging, I just like the way he says what he says. A very homey and comfortable listen. After listening to this in audio format I intent to buy a hard copy and highlight or underline several passages because of how good they are.
So much of what the author says in this book just makes sense in a way I had not thought of before.
This book is nothing like i had imagined it to be, i.e. not tech manual-ish or antique-y.
Yes, I have already listened to it 3 times and I pick new things up every time I listen to it.
Amazing Book! A MUST read!
Yes because it allowed for inflection where I would otherwise have left out
Amazingly thought through case for Christ. I loved it.
Inflection, as mentioned above
it made me laugh in parts. CS Lewis can have a sense of humour even in serious topics
A must read for all searching for a logical approach to human nature
Husband, father, minister, entrepreneur. In a word, BLESSED!
Absolutely, I have already listened to it three times and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
What an amazing look into the mind of one of Christianities greatest modern thinkers. Lewis is funny, loving, challenging and insightful. You will learn something new each time you listen to this classic book!
We have had this book on our shelves for years and I never got around to reading it. It was easy to follow and very insightful. I feel more secure in my beliefs and salvation after having listened to this.
Tried the book. Couldn't stay with it. The audiobook is a pleasure.
Love the writers "make of it what you will" attitude as he's laying down profound thoughts.
Loved the insight. A brilliant book for anyone of faith, or not. I wish everyone could listen to this brilliant book at least once.
This is one of the best theological works I have ever read. C.S. Lewis' genius for simplifying complicated theological topics shines in this work.
This is one I'll listen to again and again.
I thought the beginning was a little dry because of the emphasis on apologetics (I prefer topics of more personal application), but as it moved into the middle of the work, I couldn't stop listening. Lewis' treatment of the mechanics of the spiritual life of a Christian is profound without the complexity usually encountered in other works of the same topic.
I would recommend this book for anyone pursuing a closer relationship with God. Enough said.
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I understand somewhat why it is a classic. In part, because huge sections of the first part (the more general apologetics section) I have heard in one form or another. So Lewis’ arguments are either standard arguments about God or those that are original have been repeated so much over the past 60 years that they sound standard.
The first section is the standard ‘proofs’ for the existence of God that I in general resist (as a post-modern Christian). The second section is a summary of What Christians believe. This is pretty basic. Lewis is trying for a Christianity that is Universal, not particular. And he mostly succeeds, but oddly it is that section that feels the most dated to me.
The third section is about Christian Behavior. And while this is dated, especially with regard to an understanding of the role of women in the church, Lewis was not a moralist. Lewis’s discussion of virtue and the older understanding of the word Temperance is a very helpful and even if he uses old word, the way he discussed behavior and sin is not dated.
The final section is primarily about the Trinity. Which I find fascinating in part because of my long reading project on the trinity, but in part because very few books on basic apologetics or basic theology spend more time on the Trinity than on the death and resurrection of Christ. In Lewis’ discussion of the Trinity he hits on several apologetic points, the purpose of humanity, why God is not in time, why a fall was allowed to occur, and then the last several chapters about what the Trinity has to do with our salvation and sanctification.
Reading McGrath’s biography of Lewis earlier this year, I was aware that McGrath thought that one of Lewis’ strengths was his ability to speak directly to the culture. And I think that is true. Mere Christianity is not a ‘timeless book’. But I think it is a good book in part because it shows how a thinking Christian and work (and trust his readers to work) through the ways that we are Christians in a particular time and place.