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Mere Christianity | [C.S. Lewis]

Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.
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Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, C.S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that "at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice".

©1942 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"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)

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    Lea Peapack, NJ, USA 03-21-06
    Lea Peapack, NJ, USA 03-21-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Great in audio format"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Tampa, FL, USA 08-25-08
    Elizabeth Tampa, FL, USA 08-25-08
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    "Thought-provoking theological philosophy"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James Marenisco, MI, USA 08-17-05
    James Marenisco, MI, USA 08-17-05
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    "Excellent Reading of an Great Book"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Pasadena, CA, USA 04-09-07
    Marc Pasadena, CA, USA 04-09-07 Member Since 2003
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    "To the scientists"

    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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 03-09-13
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "My How Things Have Changed ..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason United States 03-07-13
    Jason United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliance"
    Where does Mere Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We find answers by knowingly searching the truth in our options.


    Any additional comments?

    C.S. Lewis is truly a brilliant writer. It would be difficult to walk away from his works without gaining productive knowledge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 11-06-10
    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 11-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent and to the Point"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 03-23-10
    Dean 03-23-10 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "logical aproach to the human condition"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BenQ Greenville, SC, USA 03-01-09
    BenQ Greenville, SC, USA 03-01-09 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent reading by Geoffrey Howard"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Louisville, KY, USA 12-30-06
    Scott Louisville, KY, USA 12-30-06
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    "Thought Provoking"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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