C.S. Lewis wrote “Mere Christianity” as a series of radio broadcast lectures he delivered from BBC London beginning in 1942. Through his broadcasts’, Lewis provided a logical step by step argument for believing not only in God but in Jesus Christ. The word “mere” is often misunderstood as meaning small or insignificant. Actually, as Lewis pointed out in his preface remarks, it means “common”,“central”, or all Christianity not any specific denomination. Lewis used the image of Christianity as the main hall in the house and each denomination as the room each Christian dwells in. He makes the point if you enter the house you must choose a room, you cannot dwell in the hall.
This thread is intended to explore “Mere Christianity” chapter by chapter to offer an insight into Lewis’ powerful arguments for believing and perhaps to compare Christian beliefs today to Lewis’ beliefs as presented in “Mere Christianity”.
Before beginning, a little about myself; I was raised in the Episcopal Church. I’m not a scholar in any sense of the word. I went through periods in my life when I was an active lay member and times when I was at best an agnostic. During one peculiar black period in my life I started reading “Mere Christianity”. I couldn’t get it out of my head, Lewis’ logic seemed too persuasive to just put aside. I’m now a Catholic Convert, having joined the Catholic Church in 2009, my room in the hall.
I believe the best way to take in “Mere Christianity” is to listen to it, as London did during the Blitzkrieg, I listen to “Mere Christianity” , Blackstone edition, on my mp3 player. My local public library offers it as a free download for members. It can also be purchased from a variety of sources.
So, for those interested, and I have no idea what the interest might be, let’s start with Chapter 1, first with posting comments on understanding, then arguments both in favor and against. If there is a real interest, I expect we need to wait about a week or so between chapters to insure everyone interested has a chance to read/listen beforehand.
**Chapter 1-Right and Wrong, As a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe
What is the “law if human nature”? Is every person really born with it? Are we aware of it? Is it the same today as it was in Lewis’ time?**