©1942 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Geoffrey Howard's performance is superb; he is clear and unhurried, giving just the right emphasis and/or inflection....Whether or not one agrees with Lewis's arguments, it is a pleasure to hear such a skillful reading of an eloquent work." (Library Journal)
This is a book that has been on my shelf for years and I have never been motivated to get through it. However, this particular book works extremely well in the audio format. After a slightly slow start, I found myself enthralled and listened for many hours straight. It is also a book that I plan to listen to again and again over the years so it was an excellent use of a book credit. C.S. Lewis presents a very logical and detailed analysis of the existence of God and validity of Christianity. I highly recommend the book to anyone searching for the truth as well as to those of us who can grow from a well reasoned argument for faith in God and Christ.
For a long time I've been what my friends jokingly call a "recovering Catholic", but lately, I've been looking for critical thinking around Christianity. This is an incredible resource to open the mind to ideas I'd grown up with, but not fully understood--or at least had taken the time to think through. An excellent book for those who are thinking of their faith. A short course in theology.
The conversational tone of the reader augments the style of C. S. Lewis' sometimes dry writing and forms a amazing reading of a work that is timeless.
I am not a christian, but I do find myself wondering about religion. The main reason I have not yet been a religious man is that I am a scientist and an incredible sceptic. This book is christianity explained for the scientific and sceptically mind.
I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
This book was written in the 1940s by Lewis, a famous author, as a lay member of the Church of England. The book is written as an intellectual defense of Christianity in general without getting into the schisms that divide various denominations.
The book is incredibly well-written and the arguments are laid out in a logical and compelling manner. In fact, the book would be worth studying simply as a guide to presenting a tight and very cogent argument.
I found the book generally thought-provoking and inspiring. Remember, however, that this book was written about 70 years ago. Many of the author's statements, such as regarding women and gays, will strike many readers as old-fashioned at best. That said, the book illustrates how views in the mainstream Christian denominations have changed since the book was written.
The book remains a convincing defense of Christianity that is well worth listening to by believers and those who are on the fence.
I have enjoyed so, so many books on audible and am looking forward to so many more. That being said, C.S.'s books rank not just among the enjoyable, but among the necessary.
What I love so much about C.S. Lewis's approach to further learning of Christianity, is that he holds strongly to the belief that approaching Christianity does not mean that we must lessen our intellect. In fact, in "Mere Christianity", C.S. challenges us to move to a deeper level of understanding of our faith and to learn and grow our intellect of all matters to the best of our ability.
We find answers by knowingly searching the truth in our options.
C.S. Lewis is truly a brilliant writer. It would be difficult to walk away from his works without gaining productive knowledge.
C.S. Lewis is a master. He presents complex thoughts in a condensed and simplified form that leave you so much wiser and interested in Christianity. He is empathetic and non-judgmental and I find myself applying what I've learned in his book in my own life. For example Lewis writes about not judging complicated Christians because one needs to keep in mind how Christ blessed those who are poor in spirit. And one needs to stop judging because we all come from different paths and some suffer more than others. I learned so much.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Great book from a great thinker...the first 2/3rds to 3/4th of the book are pure wonderful logic on the human condition reguardless of religious background. I enjoyed the whole book, but those not of the Christian persuasion would enjoy a significant portion of the book too. Great Read!
Geoffrey Howard does an excellent job reading this great work by CS Lewis. He has a very pleasant sounding British accent not harsh like some. Mere Christianity is a must read for anyone.
C.S. Lewis presents many real world arguments for faithful belief in God and Jesus. I found myself thinking about his comments while listening and had to rewind many times. I now use many examples he used. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I took time to check it out.
"Why it is logical to be a Christian"
As a discontented agnostic I was looking for a work that might help me to accept the Christian religion or (conversely and less satisfactorily) reject it, once and for all, and get on with the rest of my life without bothering further with it. I decided to give this book the chance to fulfill this extremely tall order. Has it done so? At the moment I am still unsure but what I can say is that it has raised some very important questions which I had not previously considered. Being of only average intelligence I do not pretend to understand all the points he makes but most of it will be readily accessable and understandable to most people. Lewis's central hypothesis seems to be that there is a rule of human nature ,which we all instictivley acknowlege, that we should be 'good'. He goes on to establish (or at least he believes he has established) that this rule is not man made and therefore logically must come from a god. Thereafter he goes into more detail about the Christian God he believes in and the basic principals of the Christian faith.
I have listened to it once and found it interesting and informative. I am currently listening to it for a second time, and hope that I will understand more this time around. I am sure it will help with my quest and if you have a similar one that it will help you.
One final word of warning. This book is a book of it's time - the 1940's. Some of Lewis's statements about e.g. women, homosexuals and war - are strickingly non PC. Although dis-inclined to accept his views on these subjects I do not think that this negates his entire thesis, but if you would be inclined to do so it may not be the book for you.
this a great book and the narrators voice is well matched to the text. I read this book when I was 17 and it formed a solid foundation for my faith. The simplicity of Lewis' style hides the depth of the thought he outlines. I can't recommend this more highly as a book, and as an audiobook it works. If you have faith or are seeking to understand what faith in Jesus is all about then this is the book for you.It is also a great learning resource for those who would like to explain their faith in a clearer way.
"An Essential Reading for Every Christian"
Highly recommended. This work tackles many fundamental questions involved in Christianity. Moreover, it is purposefully written in a denomination free manner. Lewis managed to convey deep thoughts using plain English.
I agree with all the points that C.S. Lewis is trying to establish. Even though, some supporting arguments / illustrations / analogues are not 100% watertight (when examined at epistemology level). However, it is a minor if not trivial price to pay in exchange of assessability.
Brilliant! A classic, beautifully spoken.
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