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Mere Christianity Essay

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 Lewis, C. S. Mere Christianity. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 2001.

Author C.S Lewis is a profound Christian author who hosted radio shows in the United Kingdom that discussed religion as a whole and specifically Christianity. The purpose of this book was to share with the readers the fundamentals of Christianity. Its purpose was not to cause debate about certain issues within Christianity, but rather a book that defends faith as a whole.

C.S Lewis in the chapter “The Three Parts of Morality”, goes into detail about his views on what morality truly is and what determines what and who are moral. He talks about how the everyday person views morals as a thing or an annoyance ...view middle of the document...

You need to have a good inside thinking and decision making, while also not interfering with others around you. He also uses the analogy of a band to show that everyone has to be on the same page or it doesn’t come out right at all.

Lastly in the chapter Lewis goes over what he feels are the three basic parts to morality. First is fair play and harmony among each other, next is tidying up of things inside of an individual. And the last part of morality is the general purpose of mankind. He goes on to say how a majority of people are always thinking about the first one and forgetting the other two points of morality. When people think of Christianity morality they tend to think about striving for fair play among nations and peace between all. But in the end the other two points are just as important. Lewis writes “You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society” (Lewis 73). He uses this illustration to show that you must also think of the second point as well, the morality inside the individual. He continues to say that the third part is also essential to morality as well because Christianity lasts forever therefore we are under the rule of God and we must follow his instruction. With this last point Lewis tells his audience from this point on his book will examine, as Christianity is true.

C.S Lewis made some very excellent points in this Christian apologetic book. I did not truly start enjoying this book until he hit the part on “Christian Behavior”. This truly opened my eyes to many different things. He talked about key issues I have been wondering about including sexual morality, marriage, and pride. While reading the chapter on sexual morality, there was one quote that stuck out to me, “Before we can be cured we must want to be cured” (Lewis 99). When dealing with sexual issues it is extremely hard for a person to admit that what they are doing is wrong and not pleasing to God. Lewis shows that people must admit it first before God can work in them. I agree on this point completely, God wants to help everyone but if someone is not willing to accept his help or love then therefore he will not give it to him or her. At the end of this chapter he compares two self’s, the animal self and the diabolical self. He goes on to say that the diabolical self is the worse of the two. I disagree, as...

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