The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce, The ... The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves

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Published Dec. 26, 2017

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Mere Christianity is a 1952 theological book by C. S. Lewis, adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made between 1941 and 1944, while Lewis was at Oxford during the Second World War. Considered a classic of Christian apologetics, the transcripts of the broadcasts originally appeared in print as three separate pamphlets: The Case for Christianity (Broadcast Talks in the UK) (1942), Christian Behaviour (1943), and Beyond Personality (1944). Lewis was invited to give the talks by James Welch, the BBC Director of Religious Broadcasting, who had read his 1940 book, The Problem of Pain.

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Review of "Mere Christianity" on GoodReads

3 stars

"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis is an engaging introduction to Christianity for any audience. Sometimes lacking in deeper intellectual rigor, the book is a well-written, easy to read and ultimately humane book that tries to lay out the Christian worldview in a clear manner.

Written as a series of lectures during World War II, Lewis interweaves theology, philosophy, and his own personal history together to present Christianity generally to a lay audience. The book improves as it goes forward, particularly in the sections on the ethics of a Christian life and oddly enough, in his explanation of the Trinity.

Lewis' thought as a Christian apologist has become very popular in the past eighty years and he is a thinker worth engaging, even only as a manifestation of a Christian viewpoint for the public sphere. I would put the caveat that this is indeed a book of apologetic written by an …

Review of 'The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce, The ... The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Although, I personally found it a bit difficult to parse the metaphorical nature of this book, such as the ghost people as opposed to the solid people, I still got much from this book. Sometimes we do forget to focus solely on God. And it is that which we place higher than God which is what ultimately keeps us from him. This book really hammers in on that point.

Review of 'The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce, The ... The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Had the occasional briefly interesting thought but felt so unbearably smug that I wouldn’t have been able to finish the book had it been any longer.
Seems to be written for an audience who wants their confirmation bias stroked. I had hoped for more.

Review of 'The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce, The ... The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I have no idea how to rate this. I do think that the book is meant exactly for people like me. People who have had Christianity misrepresented to them by various clergymen, media and the like.
It starts off really well, and portrays Christianity in the slightly more human way, that isn't full of shame, and self-hatred. So that is the overarching reason I put it at 5 stars, even though I'm bound to find multiple logical obscurities and "source: dude trust me" types of statements.
At the moment of writing this, I couldn't think of any of the flaws myself. But I can say that it didn't really convince me to become someone that's all in with God. I'm still a sceptic, so I guess mission failed, Lewis.
It did made me really rethink a lot of things though. Admission to heaven not being some test based on your …

Review of 'Mere Christianity' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I've given C.S. 5 stars (for [b:Till We Have Faces|17343|Till We Have Faces|C.S. Lewis|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1381692105s/17343.jpg|2072983]s) and 2 stars (for [b:Till We Have Faces|17343|Till We Have Faces|C.S. Lewis|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1381692105s/17343.jpg|2072983]Perelandra) and 4 IIRC (for [b:Out of the Silent Planet|25350|Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, #1)|C.S. Lewis|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1310984018s/25350.jpg|879622]). Now here I am again with a 2 star rating.

This is a book which (judging from the other reviews I scanned) people mostly loved or hated. Those who hated it were most often forced to read it. It attempts to give a rational account of Christianity or, at least, a logical argument in its favor, and often the ratings were split between the Christians (giving it 5) and the Lions (giving it 1 or 2). I am in neither camp and was attracted to his mission. I think that the spiritual world (if I may use that phrase) has a lot of rational things that need …

Review of 'Mere Christianity' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis is an engaging introduction to Christianity for any audience. Sometimes lacking in deeper intellectual rigor, the book is a well-written, easy to read and ultimately humane book that tries to lay out the Christian worldview in a clear manner.

Written as a series of lectures during World War II, Lewis interweaves theology, philosophy, and his own personal history together to present Christianity generally to a lay audience. The book improves as it goes forward, particularly in the sections on the ethics of a Christian life and oddly enough, in his explanation of the Trinity.

Lewis' thought as a Christian apologist has become very popular in the past eighty years and he is a thinker worth engaging, even only as a manifestation of a Christian viewpoint for the public sphere. I would put the caveat that this is indeed a book of apologetic written by an …

Review of 'The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The Great Divorce, The ... The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This isn’t “about education” any more than [a:George Orwell|3706|George Orwell|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1175614486p2/3706.jpg]’s [b:Politics and the English Language|6324725|Politics and the English Language|George Orwell|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1260733026s/6324725.jpg|6510269] was about grammar. It’s really a defense of traditional morality against sloppy skepticism, relativism, and nihilism.

In our moral reasoning, Lewis thinks, we must necessarily build on the values we have inherited from the attempts of our ancestors to grapple with moral issues and get closer to a framework for understanding what is valuable. People who pretend we can carelessly cast traditional morality aside and start afresh with modern, rational, scientific notions, don’t have any idea what they’re doing. It’s not that you cannot criticize or attempt to reform traditional moral values, but that you cannot claim to stand outside of them and judge them from a more exalted place those values don’t reach (or from which values can be derived or invented afresh).

It’s ridiculous to claim you’re going …

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