Monday, June 10, 2013

A Review: Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Genre: Non-Fiction

Incerpt from back: "One of the most popular introductions to Christian faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide. The book brings together C.S. Lewis's legendary broadcast talks of the war years, talks in which he set out simply to 'explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times." Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, Lewis provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith. It is a collection of scintillating brilliance that remains strikingly fresh for the modern reader and at the same time confirms C.S. Lewis's reputation as one of the leading writers and thinkers of our age."

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was pretty easy to read, more so than the other novels by him that I have read, and the arguments made a lot of sense. Also, it was funny in places. I know, who thought that scholarly, dead men could be funny in their non-fiction novels, right? This one definitely was in places, and gave the brain a brief respite. Lewis also uses quite a bit of similes/metaphors/descriptions to prove his points, and they really clarified his ideas and pressed them into the reader's mind.

And don't fret about the 'Christian' content. Lewis doesn't hit you over the head, and this novel is sensitive to all kinds of audiences. It actually seems to be more for those who don't hold to the Christian beliefs than those who do, although both can gain new insights from it. This is a great read for anyone (no matter the spiritual beliefs) who is interested in the deeper aspects of life, like morality, faith, and the concept of God. I give it a 5 out of 5 because it was so well written and tackles great topics. I recommend it for anyone around late high school age and up.

What I learned: So much! But here's two: Sometimes you must act like you love someone so that you actually will; feeling follows action. Morality is different than our human instincts (like motherly love) because it is often what tells you which instinct to act upon.

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