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5.0 out of 5 stars A merely wonderful companion
C.S. Lewis was a rare individual. One of the few non-clerics to be recognised as a theologian by the Anglican church, he put forth the case for Christianity in general in ways that many Christians beyond the Anglican world can accept, and a clear description for non-Christians of what Christian faith and practice should be. Indeed, Lewis says in his introduction that this...
Published on 14 Mar. 2005 by Kurt Messick

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3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: NOT THE BOOK MERE CHRISTIANITY!
IT IS NOT THE BOOK! What I have to say about it is that when purchasing this item i had not realised that it is NOT the full book MERE CHRISTIANITY, but something like a diary/student workbook with quotes FROM the book. Looking back, I should have noticed this, since it DID say journal in the title. That said it is very well made, and interesting enough and i WON'T be...
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A merely wonderful companion, 14 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: MERE CHRISTIANITY JOURNAL DUO TONE (Leather Bound)
C.S. Lewis was a rare individual. One of the few non-clerics to be recognised as a theologian by the Anglican church, he put forth the case for Christianity in general in ways that many Christians beyond the Anglican world can accept, and a clear description for non-Christians of what Christian faith and practice should be. Indeed, Lewis says in his introduction that this text (or indeed, hardly any other he produced) will help in deciding between Christian denominations. While he describes himself as a 'very ordinary layman' in the Church of England, he looks to the broader picture of Christianity, particularly for those who have little or no background. The discussion of division points rarely wins a convert, Lewis observed, and so he leaves the issues of ecclesiology and high theology differences to 'experts'. Lewis is of course selling himself short in this regard, but it helps to reinforce his point.
The book at the heart of this journal, 'Mere Christianity', looks at beliefs, both from a 'natural' standpoint as well as a scripture/tradition/reason standpoint. Lewis looks both at belief and unbelief - for example, he states that Christians do not have to see other religions of the world as thoroughly wrong; on the other hand, to be an atheist requires (in Lewis' estimation) that one view religions, all religions, as founded on a mistake. Lewis probably surprised his listeners by starting a statement, 'When I was an atheist...' Lewis is a late-comer to Christianity (most Anglicans in England were cradle-Anglicans). Thus Lewis can speak with the authority of one having deliberately chosen and found Christianity, rather than one who by accident of birth never knew any other (although the case can be made that Lewis was certainly raised in a culture dominated by Christendom).
Lewis also looks at practice - here we are not talking about liturgical niceties or even general church-y practices, but rather the broad strokes of Christian practice - issues of morality, forgiveness, charity, hope and faith. Faith actually has two chapters - one in the more common use of system of belief, but the other in a more subtle, spiritual way. Lewis states in the second chapter that should readers get lost, they should just skip the chapter - while many parts of Christianity will be accessible and intelligible to non-Christians, some things cannot be understood from the outside. This is the 'leave it to God' sense of faith, that is in many ways more of a gift or grace from God than a skill to be developed.
Finally, Lewis looks at personality, not just in the sense of our individual personality, but our status as persons and of God's own personality. Lewis' conclusion that there is no true personality apart from God's is somewhat disquieting; Lewis contrasts Christianity with itself in saying that it is both easy and hard at the same time. Lewis looks for the `new man' to be a creature in complete submission and abandonment to God. This is a turn both easy and difficult.
'Mere Christianity' was originally a series of radio talks, published as three separate books - 'The Case for Christianity', 'Christian Behaviour', and 'Beyond Personality'. This book brings together all three texts. Lewis' style is witty and engaging, the kind of writing that indeed lives to be read aloud. Lewis debates whether or not it was a good idea to leave the oral-language aspects in the written text (given that the tools for emphasis in written language are different); I think the correct choice was made.
This journal draws quotations and passages from each of the sections of 'Mere Christianity', and poses them as matter for reflection and questioning. This is a guide for conversation with oneself, with God, and with others about the deeper meanings in life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good companion to the book, 18 Oct. 2011
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The Mere Christianity journal is a good complement to the book, containing reflection pages with extracts from the book, and giving you more space to think about the contents of the book. It is also an attractive and well-made product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 26 Dec. 2013
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Bought as a gift to accompany the book, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Includes good theological, philosophical and ethical questions based on each section of the book with plenty of room to write notes. Would reccomend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mere Excerpts From "Mere Christianity.", 25 Feb. 2015
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"Mere Christianity" is possibly the most persuasive introduction to the Christian Faith ever written. Out of an ocean of knowledge, an astonishingly clear mind, a dedicated heart of faith, and a most attractive desire to help others, CS Lewis showers pearls of wisdom upon his readers. Matters that many would have thought completely inexplicable, he presents to the mind with striking analogies that are marvels of clarity, simplicity and down-to-earth usefulness. The book is empowering. I have met many people whose lives have been changed by it.
Unsurprisingly a CS Lewis industry has sprung up, and although this leather-bound journal edition is beautifully made and a delight to handle, be warned that only excerpts from 'Mere Christianity' grace its pages. Most of the space is simply ruled paper for you to write on. I am sad that the publishers do not make this clear.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: NOT THE BOOK MERE CHRISTIANITY!, 20 Mar. 2015
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IT IS NOT THE BOOK! What I have to say about it is that when purchasing this item i had not realised that it is NOT the full book MERE CHRISTIANITY, but something like a diary/student workbook with quotes FROM the book. Looking back, I should have noticed this, since it DID say journal in the title. That said it is very well made, and interesting enough and i WON'T be returning it cause i like it. I just wanted to leave this here as warning to other so they don't make my mistake :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great book, providing a perfect companion to the main ..., 9 July 2014
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It's a great book, providing a perfect companion to the main title. The leather is of a good quality and was a real surprise upon opening
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4.0 out of 5 stars It feels nice too., 19 Feb. 2015
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Plenty of extra pages to write notes. It feels nice too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Mar. 2015
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Very presentable interesting book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book in very good condition, 25 Mar. 2013
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The book har a beautlful leather cover, witch makes the book much more sustainable against ripping and scratching. Good note-pages betweent the chapters
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