Mere Christianity (Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis)
~C. S. Lewis
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ISBN/ASIN : 0060652926
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Release data : February, 2001
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Mere Christianity - Sheer Genius.
Contrary to an earlier reviewer who said that they could not "imagine an intelligent non-Christian taking any of the proposed arguments seriously", I first read this book as an aethist and an ultra-skeptic scoffer. I had never read ANY Lewis before and was unaware that he, like me, was an Ulsterman - such was my ignorance. However, I was so impressed by the manly intelligence of this book, that I informed my Christian friends (none of whom had read it either) that if I were ever to convert, it would be due to this book. So it was to be. I continued to read Lewis, including the brilliant Sci-Fi trilogy, and in his writings found a great sense of excitement, assurance and love - enough to develop my own faith further.
A Classic from Lewis - Arguably his best
Personally, I think that this book is a classic from Lewis. His style of writing is fantastic and enables those with a range of intellects to understand his theories. His clear, succinct style, which raises important issues relating to the misconceptions of Christianity, is admirable and incites thought and philosophy. Furthermore, his use of the English language is gripping and fluid.
For Christians, I would say that this book is a must-buy. It helps to edify the case supporting Christ and raises thought provoking issues that any Christian should think about. It is a brilliant book that serves to stimulate Christian thought as to the real identity of Christ and other pertinent issues regarding morality and much more.
For non-Christians, I can understand if some do not like this book. However, in my opinion, Mere Christianity steers a balanced approach to Christianity which serves the non-Christian just as much, arguably more than, as the Christian. If people are interested in seeking further clarity as to the identity of their own moral being, God and Christ, with an open mind - this book is fantastic for such readers. Moreover, I think that this book is suited to those who 'believe in God' but in reality such an proposition does not change their life the slightest, nor do they know anything about their God.
I highly recommend this book for everyone who intends to broaden their mind if nothing else. However, I would confidently presume that the high majority of readers would be more than satisfied with this read. One of Lewis' best!!
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I believe many people claim that this was the book that helped them to become Christian, and for those setting out on the path to spirituality you would be hard put to find a more intelligent and sympathetic guide. Written originally as a series of talks for radio, CS Lewis simply and clearly builds the case for the existence of God, the reality of Jesus Christ and the meaning of being a Christian. I found this book deeply thought-provoking, beautifully argued and tremendously rewarding. I recommend it to you wholeheartedly.