• The Christian in the World

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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By: C. S. Lewis
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Publisher's Summary

This volume of short essays and other pieces by C. S.Lewis is part of a larger collection, C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces. In addition to his many books, letters, and poems, C. S. Lewis wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith, but also on ethical issues and the nature of literature and storytelling. Within these pages is a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

This volume includes

  • 1. "Why I Am Not a Pacifist"
  • 2. "Dangers of National Repentance"
  • 3. "Two Ways with the Self"
  • 4. "Meditation on the Third Commandment"
  • 5. "On Ethics"
  • 6. "Three Kinds of Men"
  • 7. "Answers to Questions on Christianity"
  • 8. "The Laws of Nature"
  • 9. "Membership"
  • 10. "The Sermon and the Lunch"
  • 11. "Scraps"
  • 12. "After Priggery - What?"
  • 13. "Man or Rabbit?"
  • 14. "The Trouble with ‘X' ..."
  • 15. "On Living in an Atomic Age"
  • 16. "Lilies That Fester"
  • 17. "Good Work and Good Works"
  • 18. "A Slip of the Tongue"
  • 19. "We Have No "Right to Happiness"
©2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.; 1980 C. S. Lewis

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Wonderful book

I am very glad I chose to listen to this book. I am going to get more of C.S. Lewis's book.

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Gnarly issues & conundrums of faith-filled living

This book is solid wisdom in soundbites - short essays, letters, talks by CS Lewis, about the struggle to live the life of a Christ-follower in a world where the values of Christ are no longer normative or universally accepted. Gnarly and troublesome questions are tackled calmly and with jaw-dropping logic applying the truths of Jesus to a convoluted generation.

Many of these essays I have read in other of his compilations, some of which I remembered vaguely, needing review. One - "The Right to Happiness" - has stayed with me since I first read it as a young woman, decades ago, in God in the Dock. It was the last in this series.

The first is a treatise on whether or not a Christian can go to war, or if he should be a pacifist. It wrestles with the sources of our moral decision making, and I remembered reading it in God in the Dock, but had forgotten much of it. CS Lewis is so brilliant, and I am not, so I listened to it over and over. Why? Not for the specific issue of pacifism, but because the moral decision-making questions and factors are still timely today, only in the arena of Covid. As I read, I could hear the voices on both sides, and the machinations of "fact", fear, "truth", gut-level feelings, and biased passions.

This book, full of timeless truth, is still helpful because "There's nothing new under the sun."

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Excellent Collections of Christian Essays

if you love Lewis, you will love this rendition of Christian in the world, a collection of essays combined in on audio listening experience. Lewis, as always, is insightful and makes complex concepts easily understandable. I love the audio reader, he dose a great job!

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Thought provoking

Definitely had to stop many times to think, but I enjoyed the depth of his responses and the perspectives.

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great moral compass

The last chapter on justifying infidelity because the cheater "has a right to happiness" is one of the best arguments for why cheaters really are garbage people.

The other essays are also wonderfully written and insightful, calling each person to become the best he or she can by being loyal, kind, responsible, honorable, brave, and self-controlled while seeking wisdom and justice.

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Back to the basics

As always, Mr. Lewis brings us back to the foundations of the Christian faith. The farther we move away from these moorings, the greater our risk of unsound doctrine.

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review of ' the christian world"

I would like to say that this book was very inspiring c.s. Lewis an amazing author and the gentleman reading was incredible very knowledgeable I really appreciate that thank you

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Timeless reflections on truths of Christian faith and obstacles faced this side of Heaven.

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  • 03-13-21

Fantastic

This book was superb and is a inquisitive read to view society through a Christian lense.

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  • 06-27-22

An effective challenge to contemporary political correctness

Lewis offers what turns out to be a remarkably accurate diagnosis of the cultural rot and hypocrisy that is destroying liberalism.

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  • Carôle
  • 01-17-22

Concentration Required

An amassed gathering of separate articles/essays which approach how Christians should or could present itself in the world.

The Trouble With X is a masterpiece! I can readily relate to it. Worth reading for this alone! However, there are very many thought provoking articles and definitely a resource to return to.