But in real life people are cruel for one of two reasons - either because they are sadists, that is, because they have a sexual perversion which makes cruelty a cause of sensual pleasure to them, or else for the sake of something they are going to get out of it - money, or power, or safety.
He also writes about the great sin: Lewis, arguing that Jesus was claiming to be God, uses logic to advance three possibilities: Even if one does not like oneself, one would still love oneself.
But in reality we have no experience of anyone liking badness just because it is bad. I think a copy of Mere Christianity should be provided free to every impressionable schoolchild in the country. But uh-oh, what about Josef Fritzl and the family in the basement? Christian Behaviour[ edit ] The next third of the book explores the ethics resulting from Christian belief.
No Parasite" from the section in the book in which Lewis describes a fully Christian society as having "No passengers or parasites". This was written in and CS comes across as a wise old buffer in a cardigan speaking to an earnest younger man.
His most important point is that Christianity mandates that one "love your neighbour as yourself. The badness consists in pursuing them by the wrong method, or in the wrong way, or too much. The nearest we can get to it is in cruelty.
If we did… surely we would all agree that if anyone deserved the death penalty, then these filthy quislings did? It may be that every single sentence in this book is either wrong or offensive or inane or all three. One day, just before they decided he was too crazy and chucked him out, they went round and he taught them a new song with lots and lots of chords in it.
Both their wives are rustling up something to eat in the kitchen and talking about whatever mysterious things women find so interesting. Manichaeism whereby the existence of evil is explained by there being two equal forces in the Universe which are in perpetual contention, the Good one and the Bad one.
A proud man is always looking down on things and people: Lewis offers several analogies to explain this abstract concept: I know that some people say the idea of a Law of Nature or decent behaviour known to all men is unsound, because different civilisations and different ages A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.
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.
So getting rid of them was Doing the World a Favour.
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. 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.
Every time the Christians play me their song they change the chords. My brain is reeling from the Grand Canyon of wrongness of all of this. 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.
Christians, he writes, must also apply this attitude to others, even if they do not like them. The ultimate idea though he recognised this was something for later generations and he would not live to see the glad day was to murder every single Jew throughout the world, because in the very depths of his racist insanity he thought the Jews were Evil.
Lewisan Anglicanintended to describe the Christian common ground.Lewis himself says in the preface to Mere Christianity, "So far as I can judge from reviews and from the numerous letters written to me, the book, however faulty in other respects, did at least succeed in presenting an agreed, or common, or central, or 'mere' Christianity."/5().
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Mere Christianity, by C.
S. Lewis (first published as a unit in ).
The content of this book was adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made by Lewis between and In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled /5().
That is the reason that CS Lewis' book exists. This book Mere Christianity (published in ) was based on the transcript of the BBC radio broadcast that Lewis gave at Oxford during World War II (). It was a hit because at that point, /5. Mere Christianity;: A revised and enlarged edition, with a new introduction of the three books, The case for christianity, Christian behaviour, and Beyond personality by C.