Mere Christianity Journal

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In 1941 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, C. S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. More than half a century later, these talks continue to retain their poignancy. First heard as informal radio broadcasts on the BBC, the lectures were published as three books and subsequently combined as Mere Christianity. C. S. Lewis proves that "at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice," rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations. This twentieth century masterpiece provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

With a new foreword by Lewis's stepson, Douglas Gresham, this illustrated gift edition evokes the historic time and place of the book's creation.


  • SKU: 9780060727659
  • SKU10: 0060727659
  • Title: Mere Christianity Journal
  • Qty Remaining Online: 7
  • Publisher: Harperone
  • Date Published: Jun 2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Weight lbs: 1.01
  • Dimensions: 9.30" L x 6.02" W x 0.81" H
  • Features: Price on Product
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical; Theometrics | Mainline; Theometrics | Catholic;
  • Category: GIFT BOOKS
  • Subject: Christian Life - Inspirational

Chapter Excerpt

Chapter One

The Law of Human Nature

Nowadays, when we talk of the 'laws of nature' we usually mean things like gravitation, or heredity, or the laws of chemistry. But when older thinkers called the Law of Right and Wrong 'the law of Nature', they really meant the Law of Human Nature. The idea was that, just as all bodies are governed by the law of gravitation, and organisms by biological laws, so the creature called man also had his law -- with this great difference, that a body could not choose whether it obeyed the law of gravitation or not, but a man could choose either to obey the Law of Human Nature or to disobey it. -- CSL

In what ways does the Law of Human Nature work in your life? Where does your knowledge of this law come from?

Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well try to imagine a country where two and two made five. -- CSL

What laws of right and wrong govern your life? Why do you follow these rules? How did you come to believe these laws were right and that going against them was wrong?

These, then, are the two points I wanted to make. First, that human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Secondly, that they do not in fact behave in that way. They know the Law of Nature; they break it. These two facts are the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in. CSL

Do you agree with Lewis’s statement? What real world examples prove or disprove this idea for you?


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