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Preface C.S. Lewis's preface explains what Mere Christianity is and what it attempts to do. Mere Christianity was originally pub... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 1 There is little mention of Christianity in this first book. Instead C.S. Lewis builds the foundation of his apologetic b... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 2 Having argued for the existence of a universal, unlearned standard of morality—the Moral Law or Law of Human Nature, Lew... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 3 Lewis investigates the "odd" fact of our awareness of the Law of Human Nature and our failure to follow it. A "bad... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 4 Lewis now turns his attention to the nature of the universe. Opinions have generally fallen into two camps. The material... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 5 C.S. Lewis begins to refer to this "Something Behind" as a "Somebody" and "He." We can know about Him through the beauti... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 1 C.S. Lewis now turns to the specifics of Christian doctrine, and in this chapter, specifically, how God is seen in Chris... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 2 Having concluded atheism is "too simple," C.S. Lewis goes on to condemn what he calls "Christianity-and-water." This is ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 3 Lewis begins his discussion of free will by proclaiming "an evil power has made himself for the present the Prince of th... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 4 C.S. Lewis states that since he is sure Christ is not "a lunatic nor a fiend," he is forced to accept the literal truth ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 5 The most significant thing Christ did was perform the atonement that represents the next step in human evolution. The Ch... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 1 In Book 2 Lewis established that the Atonement is the means by which Christians are reconciled with God. He now turns hi... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 2 Lewis now describes the moral system used by "old writers." There are seven virtues. Four of them are cardinal virtues. ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 3 Christ did not bring a new morality. The Golden Rule, "do unto others as you would have others do unto you," states what... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 4 By way of examining Christianity's conception of a good person, Lewis examines psychoanalysis, a modern practice that cl... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 5 In this chapter Lewis addresses chastity, the virtue concerning sex. It is distinct from the social rule of modesty, whi... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 6 Lewis states that Christian chastity mandates that the proper expression of sexuality is through Christian marriage. In ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 7 Lewis addresses the "terrible duty of forgiving our enemies." Many people feel outrage when asked to forgive wartime ene... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 8 In this chapter Lewis addresses the vice of pride and its opposite, the virtue of humility. Pride is the central vice of... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 9 The three theological virtues are faith, hope, and charity. Charity has now come to mean giving to the poor, but it orig... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 10 Lewis addresses the theological virtue of hope in this chapter. Hope is not escapism and in fact tends to give birth to ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 11 According to Lewis there are two types of faith. The first type of faith includes "Belief—accepting or regarding as true... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 12 Lewis begins the chapter by pointing out how some parts of Christianity can be immediately grasped by non-Christians, bu... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 1 In Book 1 Lewis argued for a universal moral standard or law and the implication of a mindlike power behind the universe... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 2 Lewis delves further into the claim that Christ was begotten by God and therefore is of the same kind as God. It's more ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 3 Lewis addresses a common metaphysical question: How could it be possible for God to receive and address all the prayers ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 4 Lewis addresses temporal cause and effect as it relates to the three-person nature of God. God the Father begets Christ ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 5 Lewis begins this chapter by explaining that spiritual life (Zoe) and biological life (Bios) are in opposition. Ego (in ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 6 In this chapter Lewis addresses the question of why God did not beget all of humanity to begin with. Instead He has subj... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 7 Lewis now turns his attention to the practices of the Christian believer, beginning with prayer. He analyzes what the be... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 8 The "dressing up" as Christ that Lewis discussed in the previous chapter is, he says, "the whole of Christianity." This ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 9 Lewis interprets the biblical injunction "Be ye perfect" as an indication of precisely what Christ offers to help us ach... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 10 The degree to which any individual Christian attains the perfection promised by God in his present life is variable and ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 11 God's work is transformation, according to Lewis, not improvement. In this vein, Lewis takes up the topic of evolution, ... Read More
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