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C.S. Lewis' Book, Mere Christianity

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C.S. Lewis' Book, “Mere Christianity”

C.S. Lewis begins his book, “Mere Christianity”, by introducing the Law of Right and Wrong or the Laws of Nature. This, however, arises a question. What is the Law of Nature? The Law of Nature is the known difference between right and wrong. That is, mans distinction between what is right and what is wrong. “This law was called the Law of Nature because people thought that everyone knew it and did not need to be taught it”(18). Lewis relates the law to how we treat others. We treat others the way we want to be treated and if they treat us poorly in return we become agitated and annoyed with them. He states that we become a society of excuses when something goes wrong. He goes on to say that we want to behave in a certain way when in reality we do the opposite of what is right or what is wrong. We are humans and humans have primal instincts. We are all capable of using our instincts to do right or wrong. Lewis uses an example of a drowning man to prove this point. When one sees a man in trouble two desires or instincts kick into play, to save the man or ignore him because the situation at hand could endanger you. However, there in another impulse that says help the man. With this comes a conflict of instincts. Do you run and forget about it or do you jump in and help. Most people will help even if the situation is going to endanger their life. This is just one way of seeing moral law. The right in a situation will mostly always prevail over the wrong. “Men ought to be unselfish, ought to be fair. Not that men are selfish, nor that they like being unselfish, but they ought to be”(30). We are creatures of habit and logic. Lewis believes that the moral law is not taught to us rather known by us instinctively. He also believes that the law is real. The law is our behaviors in life via good or bad. Lewis states, “there is something above and beyond the ordinary facts of men’s behavior”(30). This opens Lewis to believe that the natural law is both alive and active in mans life today. Lewis goes on to say that the law must be something above mans behavior. He begins to relate this to the creation of the world.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how lewis introduces the law of right and wrong, which is the difference between right and wrong.
  • Explains that lewis believes that the moral law is not taught to us rather known by us instinctively. he believes the law must be something above man's behavior.
  • Explains that lewis believes that god is good and like all good god can be hard and dangerous. he believes christianity will not make sense until they realize that the moral law is real and the power that governs it.
  • Explains that lewis rejects the idea of dualism due to the fact that our god is a supreme being and intelligent and this makes him good.
  • Analyzes how lewis believes that repentance is the unlearning of all that has been taught to us, a sort of death in order to repair ourselves in god's eyes.
  • Explains that lewis begins book iii by discussing the three parts of morality that comes with christian behavior.
  • Analyzes how lewis introduces the phrase "the church ought to give us a lead" to bring us back to old principles we don't care for.
  • Analyzes how marriage plays a role in man's behavior. the passion of love compels two people to unite and create life of their own.
  • Analyzes how lewis discusses the four misunderstandings about pride, including pleasure in being praised, pride in wrong doings, and humility.
  • Explains that lewis believes that good people know what temptation is and resist temptation. theology is the science of god.
  • Analyzes how lewis views the trinity as god's creation of us and all that we do. he uses a toy soldier analogy to describe how christians are transformed into the likeness of jesus.
  • Analyzes how lewis relates the law of right and wrong to how we treat others.
  • Analyzes how lewis believes that the moral law is not taught to us rather known by us instinctively.
  • Explains that lewis believes that god is good and like all good god can be hard and dangerous. he believes christianity will not make sense until they realize that the moral law is real and the power that governs it.
  • Analyzes how lewis disagrees with the christian view that god created the universe. he blames his view on the fact that he was an atheist and that his whole reality was senseless.
  • Analyzes how lewis believes that free will leads to evil, but it also lead to love and joy, which is worth having. he argues that jesus' death and resurrection is a fresh start for christians.
  • Explains that lewis feels the whole situation to be silly due to the fact that he feels that jesus was god. lewis states that being a christian is more than just mental belief.
  • Explains that lewis believes that christ did not preach anything in new regards to morality. the real job of a moral teacher is to bring us back to old principles.
  • Explains that christian chastity is different from social modesty because christianity approves of the body. forgiveness in lewis' eye is the love of a mans enemy.
  • Explains that the virtue opposite to pride is humility. lewis discusses the "theological" virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
  • Explains that the fool's way and the disillusioned "sensible man" way lead to faith, which is the art of holding onto things reason has accepted.
  • Analyzes how lewis describes god's personality as being on a divine level.
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