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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins; UK ed. edition (7 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007461216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007461219
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
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In 1943, when hope and the moral fabric of society in Britain were threatened by the relentless inhumanity of global war, an Oxford don was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. Over half a century after the original lectures, the topic retains its urgency. Expanded into book form, Mere Christianity never flinches as it sets out a rational basis for Christianity and builds an edifice of compassionate morality atop this foundation. As Mr Lewis clearly demonstrates, Christianity is not a religion of flitting angels and blind faith, but of free will, an innate sense of justice and the grace of God. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘He has quite a unique power for making theology an attractive, exciting and fascinating quest.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Lewis seeks in Mere Christianity to help us see religion with fresh eyes, as a radical faith whose adherents might be likened to an underground group gathering in a war zone, a place where evil seems to have the upper hand, to hear messages of hope from the other side.’ Kathleen Norris

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This is a brilliant book and has stood the test of time. If anyone claims to be an atheist...they should read this.
If anyone says they are agnostic..they should read this.
If anyone thinks anything at all..they should read this. Next to the bible it has to be the best apologetic of Christianity.
But ultimately no one will be convinced of anything unless they are genuinely open and ready to be surprised by God.
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Generally a good representation of the Christian faith, although IMO some of Lewis' views are outdated and a few things might be disputed by today's Christians. For example his views on some sexuality issues seem to be products of his time, and his support for the death penalty was something I deemed to be rather shocking. It is important to remember that it was written in the early fifties based on radio talks given just after the Second World War. The book attempts to find the common ground for most Christians, and much of what he says I find myself agreeing with. However some views have changed since then, as a result of what science has been able to show regarding human nature. Nowadays, especially in the field of human sexuality, some things are now accepted widely as variations within the normal spectrum, and not conditions that should be 'corrected' in some way. In the forward, Lewis does say ".. I have a reluctance to say much about temptations to which I myself am not exposed." Generally he keeps to that, it's a pity more don't follow his example...
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Remarkably up to date yet also a product of its time period having been composed and written through the tragedies of WWII.

I don't fully agree with all of his theology but that is irrelevant. The thought sand passions expressed I. This book are a great starting point for any believer with questions about the subjects covered.
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This is one of the best ever clear logical explanations of the Christian faith written. It is written in the style of listening to a wise old Uncle but his insights are excellent. It was written during the 1940's when the country was at war and therefore the style of writing and indeed attitudes are dated to that era.

Lewis begins by pointing out that from childhood we all seem to know what is right and wrong (fair or unfair). He develops the argument as to where this instinct for good originates. He slowly builds up layer by layer the tenants of Christian belief and the Trinity. It is a wonderful book and a very good choice to give to those searching for answers to life.
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One of the greatest works of modern popular theology. As bright and as fresh as ever. I would argue it is one of THE great works of modern literature of any genre, for its overall style, impact and social/cultural importance.

An absolute benchmark. Often imitated, but rarely bettered.
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Initially when I started reading this book I was a little disappointed as it seemed very basic, howver the content deepens as you get into it. Over the years I have read many articles quoting this work, but never actually read the original, Having done so, my only regret is that I didnt read it years ago
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Despite being over 60 years old, this book is still a highly relevant and useful book for Christians today. CS Lewis was a great writer and through the course of the book shares some very valuable insights. He first covers his reasons for his faith, which is a very interesting couple of chapters. Over the rest of the book, he discusses what Christianity is, and what it does (or should) mean, and the impact it has (or should have) on those who profess to believe it. Some challenging material, and some brilliant insights on a wide selection topics. Highly recommended for all Christians.
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As a historical document I think it gives a very valuable insight into the way people thought during WWII and the immediate post-war period. As an apologetic I think it is far less effective today. I think that someone like G.B. Caird, an Oxford don, who was his contemporary, make a far more effective case for Christianity entitled The Truth of Christianity which was published in 1962. I think that Lewis' children's book are a far more effective apologetic today.
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