Check out my Mere Christianity book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. Mere Christianity1 (in English, Mere Christianity, also translated as Christianity... and nothing else!) is a book by C. S. Lewis, adapted from a series of talks given in 1943 and broadcast on the BBC while Lewis was in Oxford during the World War. II. It is considered a classic of Christian apologetics.

Mere Christianity book


Transcripts of the broadcasts, with minor additions by Lewis, originally appeared in three separate publications titled An Argument for Christianity (published 1942), Christian Behavior (1943), and Beyond Personality (1944).

Mere Christianity book summary

Lewis believes in the objective existence of a natural "moral law" or "rules of good and evil" found in the various religions of the world. At the same time, from the fact of the existence of rules and laws, he deduces the existence of God, because the chaotic nature of the universe would be, in his opinion, absurd.

Lewis contrasts Christianity with both materialism (there is no God) and pantheism (God is above good). God is identical with the moral principle, and the evil that exists in the world is a deviation from it. The reason for this deviation is free will, for God did not want to create robots. For correction, God gave people a conscience, bright dreams and Jews.

 In declaring his commitment to the Church of England, Lewis emphasizes the importance of the atoning death of Christ. Three parts are important for immersion in Christianity: baptism, faith, and the sacrament of communion.

Lewis sees Christianity as an antidote to totalitarianism, since the state only has value if the individual does not have an immortal soul. In the doctrine of morality, he lists four cardinal virtues: prudence (Prudence), temperance (Temperance), justice (Justice) and fortitude (Fortitude).

The meaning of the teachings of Christ lies in the "golden rule": do as you want to be treated. Politically, Lewis is against clericalism, as everyone should mind their own business. At the same time, his sympathies are on the side of the socialist ideal

 (“We just need to create a society in which there will be no poor”). He considers courtesy (politeness) to be an important Christian virtue. In the realm of sexual morality, Lewis contrasts chastity with propriety. However, he criticizes "the thunder of sermons calling for intemperance".

 Christian marriage is certainly a Christian value, although Lewis admits that he is not married. In addition to chastity, another Christian virtue is forgiveness (forgiveness). But Lewis allows both the death penalty and murder in war, because to forgive is not to justify.

 He bows before the image of a knight, and considers pacifism a delusion. The great sin in Christianity is pride (Pride), which is the antithesis of humility (Humility). However, a pardonable form of pride is Vanity. Lewis also contrasted pride with admiration, when we are proud of something. Among the three theological virtues he names faith (Faith), hope (Hope) and love (Mercy). But Christian love does not imply admiration or sympathy.

Lewis rejects the notion that Christianity is solely a moral doctrine. She also teaches about the other world, about the "three-person God" (Three-person God) and that the carnal life (Bios) for some of us will turn into a spiritual life (Zoya). Lewis calls the mission of Christ "the good contagion".

The book contains the Lewis Trilemma, an apologetic argument aimed at proving the divinity of Jesus.


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