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  • Ed
    2018-11-29 01:20

    I started reading and it was very familiar. When I picked up this book I didn't realize that this book is actually just one part of Lewis' Mere Christianity. I didn't mind reading it again because it was short, but also because it's a good book. I appreciate Lewis' clear and concise writing. It's good to read because it's nice opposition to my tendency to mention every possible objection. If there's anything that my philosophy degree taught me it's that any point of view can be criticized. Lewis states his point of view admitting that there are unexpected aspects but voices his opinions with humble confidence. Maybe this is my bias speaking here, but I feel that there is a contrast between Lewis' style and that of the new atheists of today who argue much more vehemently and condescendingly. Obviously Lewis doesn't answer every objection to Christianity, but he does a nice job of pointing out compelling reasons for a charitable reader to consider it. It's worth reading Mere Christianity rather than merely this book, but all things considered, it's a rightful classic of Christian apologetics.

  • ♥ Ibrahim ♥
    2018-12-03 00:32

    C.S. Lewis! Everybody tells you to read C.S. Lewis! He is presented as the magical pill that abolishes atheism. You would think that when you read him that he truly deals with the questions of atheists with understanding and tact, but he shows hardly any of them. He merely became a trophy for the Evangelical Christian community since he is educated and the majority of them are famous for reading only one book "The Bible" and tell you that all you really need for education is this one, good book. Well, I read this book on a trip where I got a couple of books by C.S. Lewis and one book by Rainer Maria Rilke. Can you believe I actually got more inspiration out of the Rilke book than I did out of C.S. Lewis? Something about the way C.S. Lewis writes makes me easily annoyed. I don't relish his writing. Yet everybody claims him, even Catholics like to claim him as one of their own when he says that he is just Church of England. He is, indeed, their trophy in a world that that doesn't appeal to rationalistic faculty but reasons rather in a triumphal, emotional manner. On p. 5, C.S.Lewis is reasoning that all men, more or less, agree on morality, and if there are any difference, they are slightly different morality. He claims that people may have differed as to whether you should have one wife or four. But they have always agreed that you mustn't simply have any woman you liked". Do you see his warped logic? I come from a patriarchal society and men may take two or three wives but still down deep inside know that they are wrong. To C. S. Lewis, as long as you take either one or 4 wives, you are fine, as long as you don't just take any woman you liked. Even Mohammad who had this harem of women, when he know that his daughter Fatima was going to have a second to her, he got mad and said in Arabic "la azzan" i.e. I don't permit. He said it 3 times. Here C.S. Lewis has a logic of his own that makes sense to him and to the Christian people who cheer loudly for him and have claimed him as their trophy.On p. 33 of this book, he is attempting to make a case for a God who made the universe and it is obvious that C.S. Lewis is really ticked off with Pantheists as well as Atheists. He talks about the image of the paint and the artist who makes the paint who has a lot of himself in it because all that beauty of that work of art has come out of his head, he is the creator, etc. So far so good. Then C.S. Lewis is ready to kick the Pantheists where it hurts the worst as he says:[Confounded with a cancer or a slum the Pantheist can say, "If you could only see it from the divine point of view, you would realise that this also is God". Then Christian replies,"Don't talk damned nonsense". For Christianity is a fighting religion. It thinks God made the world .............But it also thinks that a great many things have gone wrong with the world that God made and that God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again"]Wow! just reading that part, I felt yelled at by C.S.Lewis in the same breath Christian fundamentalists do. You dare to use your mind for a second, and lo and behold, the blow comes right in your face with the screaming of C.S. Lewis saying to you with his British accent as well as in his famous hot temper "Don't talk damned nonsense".Who said this? A professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge. In his religious zeal, he made sure to chew us up for the glory of God saying "Don't talk damned nonsense".I ponder phrases that are foreign to my Egyptian vocabulary such as "freedom of thought", "freedom of expression" "freethinking",etc. and I find such concepts to be the best thing, the most romantic thing dear to my mind and my heart together, but apparently the passionately religious Oxford professor has nothing to do with them when he is in a dialogue with non-Christians. Frankly, he strikes me as somebody who writes for Christians and gets paid back with unceasing standing ovation. Reading that paragraph above shows me that he doesn't spend the slightest effort in reasoning with somebody who is outside Christianity. He tickles the fancies of Christian people in Evangelical churches and confirms to them what they want him to say, thus they feel vindicated over those "atheist infidels" over there. It is good to feel triumph over them every once in a while and try, even if using swearing and cursing is needed, to show them they don't have a lick of sense and Christians are the ones who have all of it.C.S. Lewis quoted the Atheist or the Pantheist as raising a question about looking at cancer and saying "This is also God". Both the atheist and the pantheist are more brave and they don't seek to kiss up to anybody but they speak what is on their hearts, absolutely legitimate questions. It is would have been more honest of C. S. Lewis to say, "You have a point and like you, I don't have the answer either". That is better than acting as the apologist of the Christian community who always has an answer to every question in the world and got it all figured out.

  • Mary
    2018-11-29 06:32

    I just finished this little book that isn't nearly as easy a read as one might think from the length. I'm a big C.S. Lewis fan and read this book over 30 years ago. "Jack" as C.S. Lewis was called by his friends, was brought to Christianity later in life. He has an amazing way of taking you logically through the arguments for different viewpoints of where we came from and how we should be living. His approach is a layman's rather than a theologian. This gives a much more logical explanation about why we believe what we believe. For someone who is already a Christian, it's a must read. For those searching, it's an excellent place to start. And even for the cynics who want to know where those wacky Christians have picked up their ideas from, it's a nice simple statement of our faith. If you're more in the mood for fiction, he wrote wonderful fantasy including his space trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Peralandra, & That Hideous Strength) in addition to the better known series Chronicles of Narnia. By the way, it's interesting that was good friends with J.R.R. Tolkien.

  • Dustin Reade
    2018-11-16 06:28

    I am an atheist, and I read this book because every Christian I have ever met told me it would change my mind, or at the very least present several questions I could not answer.Well, I read it. I did not like it, or find a single argument that was convincing or particularly well put. They are the same arguments posed by any person of the faith and can be answered in numerous ways unless you are blinded by your faith or simply too lazy to look at them from a scientific point of view. That's what it really boils down to, isn't it? Point of view.If you are a christian (as I was raised to be) you will find in this book a lot of your own beliefs repeated back to you in a learned tone of voice by a person more well-versed in the subject than yourself (it's a fact, most Christians have never read the bible in its entirety). But, if you are NOT a Christian, there is nothing here that will convince you to be one, or that you are living a life that will lead you to hell. Two stars are awarded, however, because Lewis has an easy writing style, which is suitable for the average reader or even young people, which is who he intended much of his writing for.

  • Gary Butler
    2018-12-08 05:22

    This book is less than 80 pages which is the cut off line for a book to be entered onto my all time book list. I do not really consider this to be a book at all. This is more like a long short story. This is basically transcripts of radio broadcasts that Lewis made in England during WWII. The book is broken up into two parts. The second part is much more enjoyable and less boring than the first part. Overall Lewis is a landmark writer of Christian / theology based material, this in not his best. This short of a book really should not drag so much. 3/5GaryReviews

  • Lorin
    2018-11-14 03:18

    This book made me think, I enjoyed it a lot

  • Laurie
    2018-11-19 06:32

    I enjoyed reading a book which stands up for Christianity.

  • Josiphine/Tessa
    2018-11-14 23:15

    Every Lewis book I read is better the last one...I don't know how he does it. His logic in this is downright beautiful.

  • Matt Pitts
    2018-11-21 05:25

    A very generous friend gave me a very old copy of this book. These "talks" made up part of what later became Mere Christianity.

  • Joey Sudmeier
    2018-12-13 07:11

    I love C.S. Lewis and his ahead-of-his-time thinking. This book is no different in all of that. I will say, however, that the final few pages go in direction I don't totally agree with, theologically speaking. So it was unfortunate to pull me away from his otherwise articulate and mind opening thoughts.

  • Ashley
    2018-11-28 03:18

    I feel like this is a book that is not for everyone. It's hard to read if your in search for something intriguing, but it's a great read if your looking for philosophical reasoning. It reads much like a speech, which at first was a transition but once you get past that you reach the root of this book.

  • Rob
    2018-12-12 00:34

    Lewis is amazing when it comes to simplifying things. He is able to make a compelling case for Christianity that is easy to understand and follow. One section flows directly from the other as he makes his case for why Christianity makes the most sense. I love reading his simple logic and following his easy to understand analogies. He has a way of explaining things that makes difficult concepts easy to understand.Lewis is able to explain why Christianity makes the most sense and why it is obvious there must be a God and that God must be the God of Christianity. He explains how the evidence around us points clearly to the existence of a benevolent Creator God that not only creates, but sustains and loves and offers grace. He makes his case so that it comes across that this is the only way that really makes sense.Now, I don't believe for a minute that everyone will agree with me. We are sinners who don't really desire God, and so Lewis' simple logic will be easy for people to dismiss. However, as quickly as many will dismiss his arguments and logic and approach to difficult questions, it will be much more difficult for these people to offer compelling arguments of their own that lead to completely different conclusions. Lewis argues simply. He states his case plainly. He does not pretend that his arguments are good enough for all people. But at the end of the day, this short book makes it clear to me that Christianity is the only way that truly satisfies.

  • Andy
    2018-11-20 23:22

    You can read this book in less than an hour. There are several golden nuggets in it. The last part of the book had a really good discussion of "happiness" and "repentance".

  • Whitney
    2018-11-21 03:24

    I absolutely loved this book. It really is just the transcript from the BBC broadcasts of C.S. Lewis' program during WWII. As such, each segment is relatively succinct and brief. He is entertaining but gets to his point. I love all the argument and examples he gives in behalf of Christianity. His logic and the path he leads his listeners reminds me of my dad. My dad would try to get us to think about religion/the purpose of life in the same fashion. To first establish whether the universe was created or happened by chance. The next step is to then define the creator. Once these attributes are established, the next question is what is our relationship to this creator? Thus, this format was very familiar to me, and I enjoyed seeing Lewis' examples and additional arguments. I would love to get an opinion of Lewis' thoughts from someone who did not believe in a creator and see how well Lewis' logic holds to him or her.

  • Michael Perkins
    2018-11-16 05:27

    C.S. Lewis is not the evangelical fundamentalist that Americans like to believe.On the Second Coming..."Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened." (Matthew 24:34)C.S. Lewis called this the most embarrassing verse in the Bible. He wrote.....“Say what you like,” we shall be told, “the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, ‘this generation shall not pass till all these things be done.’ And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else.”"It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible".

  • Beth Peninger
    2018-11-17 03:31

    Finally. Finally I understand some of what Lewis writes about! I only had to re-read sentences or paragraphs a couple of times throughout the book. Whew. I bet I understood 2/3 of this book. Relief. :)In this extremely short but jam packed book Lewis lays out the case for Christianity. As a former atheist he is able to speak from both sides and does so rather well. He addresses rather simply and quickly the most common of arguments for not believing in God or that there even is one. There were chunks of this book that I connected with and was glad someone had been able to put into words for me. What is compelling about Lewis is his before and after life. Before when he was an atheist and after when he came to believe, and trust, in God. He gives credibility where and when some of us can't.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-28 07:08

    "Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn't have guessed. That's one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It's a religion you couldn't have guessed."--The Case for Christianity"Badness is only spoiled goodness."--The Case for ChristianityThis is a great comment when we look at Satan and all of the goodness that he possessed and the special beauty and gifts he began with but....in rolls pride (Lewis says it is the greatest vice and the one from which all others come) and there ya go....the rest is history and the present and the future. "God has landed on this enemy-occupied world in human form...The perfect surrender and humiliation was undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender and humiliation because He was man."--The Case for Christianity

  • Mark Austin
    2018-11-22 03:24

    ★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.★★★★★ - Amazing. This is the best I've read of its genre, the ones I hold on to so I can re-read them and/or loan them out to people looking for a great book. The best of these change the way I look at the world and operate within it.

  •  Doris Powell
    2018-11-27 23:32

    I am not a fan of philosophy so I put off reading this book for quite awhile. But then I found it easy to understand, clear in its exposition, and sometimes humorous. This book was used as broadcasts to the British public during WW2 to help them get through the war. In the first chapter it focused on the existence of the law of nature, probably better understood as the human law of nature. This law was used to prove the existence of God. Chapter 2 carried this further to explain Christ and Christianity. The question was answered why God became man. Very well done.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-20 02:35

    I picked up this book the other day and started reading it. Despite the fact that I am a Christian and I agree with C.S. Lewis' faith, this book really brought me to think and understand what I have been ignoring all this time (Romans 7 - The Law and Sin). Rather than trying to explain my feelings and belief that can only be arbitrarily spoken by me, He very logically and rationally elucidates human morality aka Moral Law or Law of Human Nature by starting to ask/state from the primitive questions.

  • Megan Uy
    2018-12-14 05:10

    This book is tough. It's short, which might lead someone to think it's a relatively easy read. But it is philosophically and theologically dense (in a good way, I mean). I didn't find all of his arguments compelling, but I was struck by what C.S. Lewis himself, a former atheist, found compelling, compelling enough that he would convert and become a devout member of the Anglican Church. And it did make me want to read (in the case of TLTWATW, reread) the Chronicles of Narnia for the Christian allegory they are.

  • Trelesa
    2018-11-23 05:17

    A Book in two parts: 1. Right and Wrong as a clue to the meaning of the Universe, 2. What Christians BelieveBoth are simple, straight-forward lectures supporting Christianity. I appreciate his efforts to include a balance of Christian views (giving the material ahead of time to get responses from Church of England, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and Methodist).Quotes:"Enemy-occupied territory - that's what this world is.""... a Christian isn't a man who never does wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble."

  • Joyce
    2018-11-21 06:31

    Borrowed from public library. Wonderful until the last section. Philosophy showing why Christianity "wins", just common sense. And believing in the Deity of Christ on the basis of His Authority, because He says so, which is how we believe most of the information we learn (e.g. I believe in Texas, though I've not see it, on the authority of those who have). Church of England. Used to be an atheist.

  • Benjamin Wirtz
    2018-11-17 01:29

    Very short but still manages to present the arguments in a way that even a younger person could understand. Most of the arguments or in common use but it is quite possible that Lewis originated many of them. It's the basics and doesn't go into great detail but enough so that the point gets across.

  • Pam Brown
    2018-12-07 00:22

    I enjoy reading C. S. Lewis. He tackles complex subjects and yet is easy to read. My only complaint is that I rarely find a succinct quote I like well enough to add to my collection. I'm left feeling that I understand, but still not well enough to turn around and teach it to someone else. Still, I see why he's considered a must-read for Christians.

  • Kristen
    2018-11-21 06:34

    I really really enjoyed reading this. I loved his logical reasoning and the examples he gives that really make sense. I wish everyone could read this and see why Christians believe in God and Christ. There are a few doctrinal things that I don't agree with, but even the author says at those parts, hey, this is just my view, not what all Christians believe.

  • Emily
    2018-11-29 07:16

    This is an excellent little book. It was also published in England under the title "Broadcast Talks", and is just that. It is a quick read drawn from some of Lewis' broadcast talks, and is a simple, logical apologia for his faith.

  • Catharine
    2018-12-03 05:14

    In the first half of this 56 page book, CS Lewis explains why he believes in God. In the second half, he makes his case for Christianity. Maybe I love Lewis' writings because they so closely mirror my own. He has amazing insight.

  • Matt Chapman
    2018-11-19 06:08

    Classic Lewis. Insightful and poetic in so many places. Wrong or unhelpful in a few others, not least the nature of the atonement. Not a book for an undiscerning reader but otherwise a pleasure to read.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-17 23:18

    My son recommended this to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. C. S. Lewis always gives you much to think about and this one is no exception. He divides his case into two parts...and leaves the choice up to you.