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Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic)

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Both their wives are rustling up something to eat in the kitchen and talking about whatever mysterious things women find so interesting. Societies that allow and even admire things like murder, rape, theft, that scorn compassion etc naturally fail to get together and become productive societies.

As the years have rolled on though, a different society, with different needs and expectations has arisen that sees the world a little different than the British society, in the midst of all the moral and spiritual challenges that happened in the World War II years. Lewis also talks about how this process is worked through us, so that we have no room to be proud or think that it's of our own doing. It is simply unfair to expect Lewis to engage here with detailed philosophical debates, when these would clearly turn his brisk, highly readable book into a quagmire of fine philosophical distinctions. What was the sense in saying the enemy were in the wrong unless Right is a real thing which the Nazis at bottom knew as well as we did and ought to have practised? We freely admit we have nothing to lose, looking at the facts, and yes, there are inescapable facts about Jesus Christ, not just found in the Bible, in human history recorded by those who have absolutely no stake in affirming or confirming that miracle of God begotten man who came and died and rose again for the sins of humanity.

Feeling a desire to help is quite different from feeling that you ought to help whether you want to or not. Due to the timing of the fourth set of talks (10:20 pm), Lewis said he could not do them all live and would have to record some. Now everyone who has been married in a church has made a public, solemn promise to stick to his (or her) partner till death. Because when you do bad things you’re really trying to achieve ends which are really good, but you’re going about it the wrong way, huh?

Lewis also covers such topics as social relations and forgiveness, sexual ethics and the tenets of Christian marriage, and the relationship between morality and psychoanalysis. In this book, he chronicles his journey from devout atheist to committed Christian, recounting each step with his original assumption, then recording his intellectual journey through each idea to it's end result.Even if you read only the last chapter (about the next evolution of humanity), you'll have captured a significant (and inspiring) picture of real (er, Mere) Christianity. It's fairly amazing to be able to point to a page and say, "That was me a year ago, a month ago, a day ago! Every Wednesday from 7:45 pm to 8 pm during August 1941, Lewis gave live talks entitled "Right or Wrong: A Clue to the Meaning of the Universe" which would become the first book in Mere Christianity.

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