Mere Christianity

by C. S. Lewis

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Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis's 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 the same voice."

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C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) died on the same day as the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963. Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on Nov. 29, 1898. He was educated by private tutor and then at Malvern College in England for a year before attending University College, Oxford, in 1916. His education was interrupted by service in World War I. In 1918, he returned to Oxford where he did outstanding work as a classical scholar. He taught at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1954 and from 1954 until his death in Oxford. He was professor of medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University in Cambridge. He was highly respected in his field of study, as a both teacher and writer. His book The Allegory of Love: a Study in Medieval Tradition, published in 1936, is considered by many to be his best work.

Lewis is most known for his attempt at formulating a core of Christian understanding. Lewis wrote a number of highly readable books intelligent, imaginative, and often witty. Among these were: The Pilgrim's Regress, published in 1933, The Problem of Pain (1940), Miracles (1947), and The Screwtape Letters (1942), probably his most popular work. He also wrote a trilogy of religious science fiction novels: Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943), and That Hideous Strength (1945). For children he wrote a series of seven allegorical tales, beginning with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 1950. His autobiography, Surprised by Joy, was published in 1955.

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Christ is in Everything
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Reading mere Christianity was a very positive and enlightening experience for me. It was very eye opening as I learned about the doctrines of Christianity through a lens outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. C.S. Lewis has a very unique way of applying the doctrines of Christianity to all facets of life. He doesn’t get into deep doctrine; instead he emphasizes the simple principles of the gospel. He appeals to anyone and everyone, Christian or non-Christian. The way he wrote the book would trigger anyone of any faith to question where he or she is in life and what they value and how much they put into it. I know it did so for me. He touches on the emotions of the reader as he provides life scenarios to supplement his teaching. These were radio broadcasts during the 1940s in Britain, taking place in WWII. His words added hope and strength to the people. Reading this book 60 years after it was written, it still provides the same kind of hope.

C.S. Lewis approaches the audience with honesty. He doesn’t beat around the bush; instead he drives straight to the point, which strengthens his point of view. It’s almost as if he develops a relationship with you; you can trust him. I felt that as I read this, I was having a conversation with the man. I appreciated his honesty. He informs his readers that he might offend but he doesn’t care. He doesn’t hold anything back. Reading Mere Christianity helped me develop my testimony but also understand Christianity throughout the world. It made me realize that my beliefs are very much like those of different Christian denominations- that there is a God and He exists in everything around us. We couldn’t do life without Him.

C.S Lewis’s last words of the book were: “Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours…Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him and with Him everything else is thrown in.”

If there is one thing to be learned from this book, it is to think less of oneself. Whatever you believe in, believe in it with passion and sincerity. As you lose yourself for others, you will find Christ. And if you look hard enough, you will end up seeing Christ in everything and then you will become who you are.

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