Lewis argues for the logical validity of Christianity, defends the religion from its critics, and looks in detail at what the life of a Christian is like. Some religious groups, the Pantheists, believe that the all-powerful being, God, is neither good nor evil. Pantheists believe that God is the universe, meaning that everything in the material universe is divine.
Book 2, Chapter 2 Themes and Colors Key LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Mere Christianity, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Christians need not believe that all other religions are totally wrong. To make an analogy: The implication of this passage is that religion can actually lead one to take a more fair-minded, nuanced view of the world.
Hinduism, for instance, is a Pantheistic religion. On the other hand, there are many who claim that God is infinitely good, and always favors good over evil. Jews, Muslims or Mohammedans, as Lewis calls them and Christians subscribe to such a view.
Lewis divides religions into the pantheistic view and the moral view. Lewis also calls Muslims Mohammedans, based on the mistaken idea that Muslims worship Mohammed in the same sense that Christians worship Christ. Pantheists often claim that the relationship between God and the universe is a lot like the relationship between a person and their body—so that, in a way, God is the universe.
It is because Pantheists believe that God is the universe that they reject the division between good and evil—if God is the universe, then every part must be divine—even something that seems utterly horrid, like a disease or a war.
By contrast, Christians say that God created the universe and is distinct from it. Because the universe itself is not God, Christians can say that certain things are good or evil. Surely, he thought, the existence of pain and suffering prove that there cannot be a good God—and surely, any attempts to explain otherwise are avoiding the obvious.
Lewis arrives at one of the most basic objections to Christianity—how could a just, moral God create a universe in which bad things happen to good people?
Of course, Lewis could have given up on the concept of justice—he could have argued that justice was just an illusion. In all, atheism is riddled with contradictions. The Rival Conceptions of God. Retrieved September 13, This Study Guide consists of approximately 49 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Mere Christianity.
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In Mere Christianity, C.
S. Lewis argues for the logical validity of Christianity, defends the religion from its critics, and looks in detail at what the life of a Christian is like. In the first part of the book, Lewis discusses the “law of human nature.”.
Mere Christianity Mere Christianity a book written by C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest writers of his time, is a life-changing introduction to the Christian faith ever written. This book is based on C.S. Lewis’s broadcast radio talks in the BBC around the time of the war years. Lewis describes what a Christian believes and how a Christian should behave.
The beliefs follow the logical argument, and the behavior involves several virtues that should be practiced, with the help of Jesus Christ.
The first steps in being a Christian are to accept Jesus Christ and to try to be more like Him.