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Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: An Example of Religious Apologetics

Admirers say "Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis's forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief."  He says he's  a scientist discovering "God's morality."  

God's morality forbids divorce, loaning money, masturbating and having sex outside of marriage (it is a "monstrosity.")   God wants us to burn witches, execute criminals, show manly patriotism and go to war with a "glad heart."  Lewis (a life-long bachelor) has insights about women such as they "are not interested men or sex," but "they do want a man to tell them what to do." 

His reasoning seems to this reporter, to be a perfect example of every logical fallacy in the book.  He looks like a Neo-Platonist intuiting his way to his own version of reality, which is fine, for him.

But its not for me.  

 My only question is why it is so popular?    

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  • John O.

    Interesting and fun

    February 16, 2014

  • Brenden H.

    I'm interested, but--as immature as it may be--I love Narnia so much that I don't want to spoil it for myself. So I won't attend this one. But soon.

    February 14, 2014

  • Christopher G.

    Even if you’re convinced by his arguments about God, does he convince you that Jesus was God? The title says the book is about Christianity, not mere theism defended by argument through morality. Eventually, he tries to convince you that Jesus was God with his trilemma argument, which states that there are only three possibilities that can explain Jesus. Jesus had to be God, otherwise he was lying, or he was crazy. Yet, I have heard many other possibilities, including the possibility that the never actually claimed that he was God.

    February 3, 2014

    • Richard M.

      Thanks Chris, I never saw in the New Testament where he claimed to be god. But at this point in my personal development, I don't care. It's all a hurricane of nonsense to me.

      February 5, 2014

    • Brenden H.

      In the gospels, it is true thay Jesus does not outright state so. However, he implies that he is the mortal incarnation of God by alluding to certain quotes from the Old Testament. Anyone who did not know those quotes would miss it.

      February 14, 2014

  • Christopher G.

    Richard, congratulations on your excellent review of Lewis’ book. It reinforces what I had already concluded, that doctrinally, Christianity wins the gold medal for being the craziest of the three crazy Abrahamic faiths. Now the question is, of the two remaining faiths, Judaism and Islam, which one gets the silver and which one gets the bronze? I’m leaving out Mormonism and the other minor sects, since they belong in the Special Olympics of religion.

    2 · February 12, 2014

    • Richard M.

      Ha! Good question. Maybe some day I'll summarize the Koran and the Torah. Next I need something positive and helpful. I do have a wonderful little book that sum-marizes all the Old Testament book, its called God Is Disappointed in You.

      February 13, 2014

    • Brenden H.

      Special Olympics! LMAO!

      February 14, 2014

  • Karen B.

    Chances are not good that I will be at the meeting. Just got home from work (I left Hillsboro at 11 am yesterday) and it was just me, Saturn is still near Clark County Fairgrounds... All wheel drive was useless in 9" of snow and a 16 degree grade up Daybreak Park hill to my house. So, may not be going anywhere for a few days. Will miss the books and discussion (assuming it happens). Stay safe everyone!

    February 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Karen - I have snow tires on my vehicle. Please let me know if you want me to come get you, either to pick up your car, or for a ride on Sunday. ~Chris

      February 7, 2014

    • Richard M.

      "Chances"? Are you taking about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle? We can tell where Karen is OR how fast she is moving, but not both simultaneously? Aren't you taking all this physics stuff a little too personally?

      February 10, 2014

  • Karen B.

    IMHO: Because "it" operates on feelings, in a wide range of arenas...

    February 3, 2014

  • Bernie D.

    "My only question is why it is so popular?"

    Because Christians don't have many academics to point to. And notice, to be safe, the academic has to be dead (easier to spin that way).

    February 3, 2014

  • Tom M.

    How did he know all this?

    February 3, 2014

    • Richard M.

      He used analogies and false choices mostly. God is either X or Y, since he is not X (because Lewis says so) , God must be Y. There is no Z in the world, but humans know about Z, so it must be in the mind of God. It is really embarrassing stuff.

      February 3, 2014

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