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  • Mere Christianity

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 184
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2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of C. S. Lewis’s classic, Mere Christianity. Having sold over half a million copies in the UK alone, his overview of Christianity has been imitated many times, but never outdone. Mere Christianity brings together Lewis’s legendary broadcasts from the war years; talks in which he set out simply to ‘"explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Logical and hard to argue with.

  • By Trish on 02-09-2016

Practical & thoughtful defence of Christianity

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-02-2019

Perhaps Lewis' most important work. A deeply considered unravelling of the many facets of Christian thought and practice. Lewis shows sin for what it is through God's lens and yet the marvel of his grace to work in and through sinful creatures to bring about their transformation into the image of Christ. In this, even the vilest person has hope through submission of their will to God's. As they "lose" their life by giving it to Him, they end up finding their true self, released of the chains of their fallen nature.

After building the truth of God to noble heights, Lewis disappointingly ends the book with a section giving ground to theistic evolution. Any reader conversant with the scientific arguments for and against will survive this section unharmed, but the less nuanced, or uninformed, seeker of truth could understandably feel as if what Lewis had handed him was nothing but dry sand, falling through their fingers along with their hard-built sense of confidence in the Christian proposition. After all, how can you believe any of the Bible if it couldn't get the first chapter right?

Admittedly, Lewis wrote his book at a time before the true unfathomable difficulties of abiogenesis (the theory of how living organisms supposedly rose from non-living materials) or evolution were known. The best synthetic chemists and biologists in the world STILL have no clue how even a "simple cell" was formed, let alone a mechanism to explain the origin of the digital information in our DNA. So far the argument for intellegent design is the best explanation for the above and for how nature is replete with irreducibly complex biological machines and systems (ie. the bacterial flagellum).

For more on the above search for Stephen Meyer, Michael Behe or James Tour on YouTube.

Leaving Lewis' scientific illiteracy aside, there is much in this book of benefit took both Christians and interested non-Christians.

A recommended read.