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This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. January Learn how and when to remove this template message C. Lewisan Anglicanintended to describe the Christian common ground.
In Mere Christianity, he aims at avoiding controversies to explain fundamental teachings of Christianity, for the sake of those basically educated as well as the intellectuals of his generation, for whom the jargon of formal Christian theology did not retain its original meaning.
The Case for Christianity Broadcast Talks in UK [ edit ] Lewis spends most of his defence of the Christian faith on an argument from moralitya point which persuaded him from atheism to Christianity. He bases his case on a moral law, a "rule about right and wrong" commonly known to all human beings, citing the example of Nazism ; both Christians and atheists believed that Adolf Hitler 's actions were morally wrong.
On a more mundane level, it is generally accepted that stealing is violating this moral law. Lewis argues that the moral law is like the law of nature in that it was not contrived by humans. However, it is unlike natural laws in that it can be broken or ignored, and it is known intuitively, rather than through observation.
After introducing the moral law, Lewis argues that thirst reflects the fact that people naturally need water, and there is no other substance which satisfies that need.
Lewis points out that earthly experience does not satisfy the human craving for "joy" and that only God could fit the bill; humans cannot know to yearn for something if it does not exist. Pantheismhe argues, is incoherent, and atheism too simple.
Eventually he arrives at Jesus Christand invokes a well-known argument now known as Lewis's trilemma. Lewis, arguing that Jesus was claiming to be God, uses logic to advance three possibilities: The book goes on to say that the latter two possibilities are not consistent with Jesus' character and it was most likely that he was being truthful.
The eternal God who is the law's source takes primacy over the created Satan whose rebellion undergirds all evil.
The death and resurrection of Christ is introduced as the only way in which our inadequate human attempts to redeem humanity's sins could be made adequate in God's eyes.
God "became a man" in Christ, Lewis says, so that mankind could be "amalgamated with God's nature" and make full atonement possible. Lewis offers several analogies to explain this abstract concept: His main point, however, is that redemption is so incomprehensible that it cannot be fully appreciated, and he attempts to explain that the method by which God atones for the sins of humanity is not nearly as important as the fact that he does so.
Christian Behaviour[ edit ] The next third of the book explores the ethics resulting from Christian belief. He cites the four cardinal virtues: After touching on these, he goes into the three theological virtues: Lewis also explains morality as being composed of three layers: Lewis also covers such topics as social relations and forgiveness, sexual ethics and the tenets of Christian marriage, and the relationship between morality and psychoanalysis.Every paper that you write has a thesis.
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Mere Christianity is a theological book by C. S. Lewis, adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made between and , while Lewis was at Oxford during the Second World War. Considered a classic of Christian apologetics, the transcripts of the broadcasts originally appeared in print as three separate pamphlets: The Case for Christianity (Broadcast Talks in the UK) (), Christian.