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.
Maybe some of C.S. Lewis' other books, but this one really seems to stand out to me, so not sure.
Nothing except a British accent I think. :-)
This would not make a good film! :-)
C.S. Lewis uses a powerfully clear way of explaining fundamental Christian beliefs in this book. You probably have to have a fairly good knowledge of the English language to appreciate some of the ways he uses words to get precisely at his meaning. He was an English professor, so he is particular about the words he uses - but he uses them SO effectively! This book is something every thoughtful person interested in supporting or debunking Christianity should read! Clear and insightful, but not sound-byte theology - you have to stay with the train if thought for longer than thirty seconds! :-)
Organized Strong Apologetic
There are no characters in Mere Christianity that come to mind
Something about British accents seem to make things sound more sophistocated.
Many - Lewis does a great job illustrating topics that have been relevent for over 50 years.
Pros: Great apologetic and introduction to the Christian faith for believers and non-believers.
Cons: Due to the time period (1940's) there are a few references that do no translate well.
Bottom Line: A must read for Christians and highly suggested for those who have questions about the Christian faith.
Yes, there is so much insight in this book I will go over it again and again.
All of the books by C.S. Lewis in this series are wonderful. If you are seeking to have a better relationship with God and people in general give these a listen.
An easy listen. You can just hear CS Lewis explaining his beliefs!
Outstanding logical arguments for the truth of the word and Christ!
I never thought of it that way.
The ideas needed to be re-read so to speak to, for me. I feel like I would like a paper copy as well.
There is a lot to digest in this book. I suspect listening to it multiple times is like peeling the onion of understanding
Very expressive reading, which helps because some parts can be a bit dry
The metaphor of requiring dark to appreciate light in terms of why evil must exist was worth the entire listening.
Yes and have, but this book was either more than I could handle that day or it went over my head, I found it boring
Boreing to me
this is one of the classic books to Christianity! a bit intellectual written in the prose of that day! CS Lewis anticipates the questions much like Paul does in Romans. he answers them from the word of God and there was a couple questions you left unanswered according to the word of God.
This is excellent for a new to the faith and old!
in today's often ass backwards society who disregard the truth this is some good stuff
I thought his British accent took some you getting used to but I liked it in the and
serious book a very serious book.. If I sat around and thought about all the things which were present in the life of CS Lewis and today I would cry