Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis is one of his most famous books. The book is a based upon a series of radio talks during the World War, with additional elaborations and wisdom from Mr. Lewis. His understanding of theology is deep yet practical, and not swayed by any particular denomination. Clearly he dislikes argumentative Christians and his book focus is to teach the basics without conflict. He writes, “This book, then, does not consist of academic philosophical musings. Rather, it is a work of oral literature, addressed to people at war.” His original audience consisted of men and women who might not live another day, and he purposed to encourage them and bring them into faith. A former atheist, Mr. Lewis simplifies the core concepts of Christianity and argues for the benefits of having a faith rooted in Christ.
I found this book a pure delight to read, and will most likely read it again a few years from now. The use of imagery to explain theology is a powerful teaching tool. It’s a refreshing and unique approach, with words flowing from the heart of the author. He simplifies what others tend to complicate. One of my favorite chapters is when he explains why some Christians can be un-Christian in their actions towards others. The words are powerful, convicting and written in love.
10 Quotes From Mere Christianity #TweetThis
If the universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then all our efforts are in the long run hopeless. C. S. Lewis
God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. C. S Lewis
Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices. C. S Lewis
Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive. C. S Lewis
Pride is essentially competitive—is competitive by its very nature. C. S Lewis
If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed. C. S Lewis
When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. C. S Lewis
No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. C. S Lewis
When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world. C. S Lewis
It is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself up to His Personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own. C. S. Lewis
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