Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis Character Analysis

It might seem odd to refer to C. S. Lewis, the author and narrator of Mere Christianity, as a character in the text. We’re given little to no information about Lewis’s life or personality—his primary role in the book is to present a series of arguments in favor of Christianity and defend these arguments from some potential objections. And yet Lewis is also a character in the book, in the sense that he uses his own life as a springboard for many of the arguments he presents. As a young man, Lewis was a militant atheist; thus, many of the book’s potential objections to Christianity are arguments that Lewis claims to have believed himself years earlier. By presenting himself as a Christian convert, Lewis strengthens the legitimacy of his book’s arguments, and perhaps makes his book more appealing for non-believers—Lewis is living proof that it’s possible for an intelligent atheist to become a pious Christian.

C. S. Lewis Quotes in Mere Christianity

The Mere Christianity quotes below are all either spoken by C. S. Lewis or refer to C. S. Lewis. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

It looks, in fact, very much as if both parties had in mind some kind of Law or Rule of fair play or decent behavior or morality or whatever you like to call it, about which they really agreed […] If they had not, they might, of course, fight like animals, but they could not quarrel in the human sense of the word. Quarrelling means trying to show that the other man is in the wrong. And there would be no sense in trying to do that unless you and he had some sort of agreement as to what Right and Wrong are.

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Page Number: 4
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Book 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

Or put it the other way round. If there was a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show itself to us as one of the facts inside the universe—no more than the architect of a house could actually be a wall or staircase or fireplace in that house. The only way in which we could expect it to show itself would be inside ourselves as an influence or a command trying to get us to behave in a certain way. And that is just what we do find inside ourselves.

Related Characters: C. S. Lewis (speaker)
Page Number: 24
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Book 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

Of course, I quite agree that the Christian religion is, in the long run, a thing of unspeakable comfort. But it does not begin in comfort; it begins in the dismay I have been describing, and it is no use at all trying to go on to that comfort without first going through that dismay.

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Page Number: 32
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Book 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

For Christianity is a fighting religion. It thinks God made the world—that space and time, heat and cold, and all the colors and tastes, and all the animals and vegetables, are things that God 'made up out of His head' as a man makes up a story. But it also thinks that a great many things have gone wrong with the world that God made and that God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again.

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Page Number: 37-38
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Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.

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Related Symbols: Light
Page Number: 39
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Book 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up.

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Page Number: 41-42
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Badness cannot succeed even in being bad in the same way in which goodness is good. Goodness is, so to speak, itself: badness is only spoiled goodness. And there must be something good first before it can be spoiled.

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Page Number: 44
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Book 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.

Related Characters: C. S. Lewis (speaker), Jesus Christ
Page Number: 52
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Book 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

What [science textbooks] do when they want to explain the atom, or something of that sort, is to give you a description out of which you can make a mental picture. But then they warn you that this picture is not what the scientists actually believe. What the scientists believe is a mathematical formula. The pictures are there only to help you understand the formula. They are not really true in the way the formula is; they do not give you the real thing but only something more or less like it. They are only meant to help, and if they do not help you can drop them. The thing itself cannot be pictured, it can only be expressed mathematically. We are in the same boat here.

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Page Number: 55
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Book 2, Chapter 5 Quotes

There are three things that spread the Christ-life to us: baptism, belief, and that mysterious action which different Christians call by different names—Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord's Supper. At least, those are the three ordinary methods […] I am not saying anything about which of these three things is the most essential. My Methodist friend would like me to say more about belief and less (in proportion) about the other two. But I am not going into that. Anyone who professes to teach you Christian doctrine will, in fact, tell you to use all three, and that is enough for our present purpose.

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Page Number: 61
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Book 3, Chapter 1 Quotes

Morality, then, seems to be concerned with three things. Firstly, with fair play and harmony between individuals. Secondly, with what might be called tidying up or harmonizing the things inside each individual. Thirdly, with the general purpose of human life as a whole: what man was made for: what course the whole fleet ought to be on: what tune the conductor of the band wants it to play.

Related Characters: C. S. Lewis (speaker)
Page Number: 72
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Book 3, Chapter 3 Quotes

The application of Christian principles, say, to trade unionism or education,

must come from Christian trade unionists and Christian schoolmasters: just as Christian literature comes from Christian novelists and dramatists—not from the bench of bishops getting together and trying to write plays and novels in their spare time.

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Page Number: 83-84
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Book 3, Chapter 4 Quotes

Most of the man's psychological makeup is probably due to his body: when his body dies all that will fall off him, and the real central man, the thing that chose, that made the best or the worst out of this material, will stand naked. All sorts of nice things which we thought our own, but which were really due to a good digestion, will fall off some of us: all sorts of nasty things which were due to complexes or bad health will fall off others. We shall then, for the first time, see every one as he really was.

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Page Number: 91-92
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Book 3, Chapter 5 Quotes

Now suppose you come to a country where you could fill a theatre by simply bringing a covered plate on to the stage and then slowly lifting the cover so as to let every one see, just before the lights went out, that it contained a mutton chop or a bit of bacon, would you not think that in that country something had gone wrong with the appetite for food? And would not anyone who had grown up in a different world think there was something equally queer about the state of the sex instinct among us?

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Page Number: 96
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Book 3, Chapter 6 Quotes

Let the thrill go—let it die away—go on through that period of death into the quieter interest and happiness that follow—and you will find you are living in a world of new thrills all the time. […] It is much better fun to learn to swim than to go on endlessly (and hopelessly) trying to get back the feeling you had when you first went paddling as a small boy.

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Page Number: 111
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Book 3, Chapter 7 Quotes

Christianity does not want us to reduce by one atom the hatred we feel for cruelty and treachery. We ought to hate them. Not one word of what we have said about them needs to be unsaid. But it does want us to hate them in the same way in which we hate things in ourselves: being sorry that the man should have done such things, and hoping, if it is anyway possible, that somehow, sometime, somewhere he can be cured and made human again.

Related Characters: C. S. Lewis (speaker)
Page Number: 117
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Book 3, Chapter 8 Quotes

That raises a terrible question. How is it that people who are quite obviously eaten up with Pride can say they believe in God and appear to themselves very religious? I am afraid it means they are worshipping an imaginary God. They theoretically admit themselves to be nothing in the Presence of this phantom God, but are really all the time imagining how He approves of them and thinks them far better than ordinary people.

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Page Number: 124
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Book 3, Chapter 9 Quotes

Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.

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Page Number: 131
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Book 3, Chapter 10 Quotes

Crowns are mentioned to suggest the fact that those who are united with God in eternity share His splendor and power and joy. Gold is mentioned to suggest the timelessness of Heaven (gold does not rust) and the preciousness of it. People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs.

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Page Number: 139
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Book 3, Chapter 12 Quotes

What matters is the nature of the change in itself, not how we feel while it is happening. It is the change from being confident about our own efforts to the state in which we despair of doing anything for ourselves and leave it to God.

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Page Number: 146
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The Bible really seems to clinch the matter when it puts the two things together into one amazing sentence. The first half is, 'Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,—which looks as if everything depended on us and our good actions: but the second half goes on, 'For it is God who worketh in you'—which looks as if God did everything and we nothing.

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Page Number: 148
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Book 4, Chapter 3 Quotes

You never supposed that your actions at this moment were any less free because God knows what you are doing. Well, He knows your tomorrow's actions in just the same way because He is already in tomorrow and can simply watch you. In a sense, He does not know your action till you have done it, but then the moment at which you have done it is already 'Now' for Him.

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Page Number: 170
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Book 4, Chapter 5 Quotes

And the present state of things is this. The two kinds of life are now not only different (they would always have been that) but actually opposed. The natural life in each of us is something self-centered, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe. And especially it wants to be left to itself.

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Page Number: 178
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Book 4, Chapter 10 Quotes

Do not misunderstand me. Of course God regards a nasty nature as a bad and deplorable thing. And, of course, He regards a nice nature as a good thing—good like bread, or sunshine, or water. But these are the good things which He gives and we receive.

Related Characters: C. S. Lewis (speaker)
Page Number: 212
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Book 4, Chapter 11 Quotes

Imagine a lot of people who have always lived in the dark. You come and try to describe to them what light is like. You might tell them that if they come into the light that same light would fall on them all and they would all reflect it and thus become what we call visible. Is it not quite possible that they would imagine that, since they were all receiving the same light, and all reacting to it in the same way (i.e. all reflecting it), they would all look alike? Whereas you and I know that the light will in fact bring out, or show up, how different they are.

Related Characters: C. S. Lewis (speaker)
Related Symbols: Light
Page Number: 224
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C. S. Lewis Character Timeline in Mere Christianity

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Book 1, Chapter 1: The Law of Human Nature
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...nature” refers to a phenomenon like gravity—an unbreakable rule of the natural world. However, when Lewis refers to a “law of nature,” he’s talking about a law for how human beings... (full context)
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Lewis moves on to a new point: “None of us are really keeping the Law of... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 2: Some Objections
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Lewis claims that he has now established a “foundation” for his argument: there is such a... (full context)
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...has evolved over centuries, just like every other human instinct. To respond to this idea, Lewis imagines hearing a cry for help. If he were to hear such a cry, he’d... (full context)
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Book 1, Chapter 3: The Reality of the Law
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...way of prohibiting actions that caused harm to other people. To prove this theory wrong, Lewis imagines a person who tries to trip him and fails. Naturally, Lewis would be irritated... (full context)
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...is and isn’t harmful to society as a whole. So even if, on specific occasions, Lewis might get angry with someone who tried to trip him and failed, it could be... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 4: What Lies Behind the Law
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In modern times, the materialist view of the universe is usually scientific. Lewis argues that science, at the most basic level, is about observing the tangible world and... (full context)
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...being to make its presence known to humanity would be through non-material means. And, as Lewis has discussed, human beings do feel the presence of a powerful, non-material being, thanks to... (full context)
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...thrill of a beautiful day, without any of the guilt that usually accompanies religious belief. Lewis concludes, “Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen?” (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 5: We Have Cause to be Uneasy
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Book 2, Chapter 1: The Rival Conceptions of God
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...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. (full context)
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...and God made the universe, then how can anything in the universe be “wrong?” When Lewis was an atheist, he kept on returning to such a question. Surely, he thought, the... (full context)
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The contradiction in the young Lewis’s view was that he continued to believe that the universe was “unjust.” But where did... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 2: The Invasion
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The problem with critics of Christianity, Lewis says, is that the religion they’re criticizing is “suitable for a child of six.” But... (full context)
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...universe is a “battlefield” in which Good and Evil are constantly fighting one another. While Lewis has a lot of respect for the Dualistic view, it has some notable problems. (full context)
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...happy feelings from bad deeds. Thus, a bad deed implies the existence of goodness—or, as Lewis puts it, badness is just “spoiled goodness.” Even the “bad god” in the Dualistic worldview... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 3: The Shocking Alternative
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To be a Christian, Lewis claims, one must accept that the Devil has come to power on Earth. It’s very... (full context)
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We can study the presence of God throughout history. Over the course of millennia, Lewis claims, God “scattered” different versions of the story of Christ throughout different civilizations: in each... (full context)
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Book 2, Chapter 4: The Perfect Penitent
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...to face a basic fact: Christ came to Earth to “suffer and be killed.” When Lewis was an atheist, he thought that Christians had the same theory about why, exactly, Christ... (full context)
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...for why Christ sacrificed himself, it’s worth looking at some of these theories more closely. Lewis has already gone over the theory that Christ volunteered to bear mankind’s punishment for sinning... (full context)
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Lewis now backs up to try to understand how it’s morally sensible for people to be... (full context)
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...write, because “it’s easy for grown-ups”—easy or not, the teacher passes on an important lesson. Lewis has just given a “picture” of Christ’s sacrifice. But of course, his picture is just... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 5: The Practical Conclusion
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Jesus Christ, Lewis begins, was a new kind of man, who introduced a new way of life to... (full context)
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Lewis admits that he doesn’t know exactly why the three forms of Christian life he mentions... (full context)
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Book 3, Chapter 1: The Three Parts of Morality
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A lot of people, Lewis says, believe that God is “the sort of person who is always snooping around to... (full context)
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For the rest of the book, Lewis is going to “assume the Christian point of view, and look at the whole picture... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 2: The Cardinal Virtues
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The previous chapter, Lewis explains, was originally meant to be broadcast on the radio—therefore, Lewis missed his chance to... (full context)
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There’s a difference between moral behavior and being a moral person, Lewis says, just as there’s a difference between occasionally making a good shot in tennis and... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 3: Social Morality
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...interest is one of the cornerstones of modern society (i.e., banking and the stock exchange). Lewis acknowledges that he is not an economist, but feels compelled to point out that the... (full context)
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...hard work, but also charity. Indeed, charity is one of the cornerstones of Christian morality. Lewis argues that people should give away “more money than we can spare.” Charity should be... (full context)
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Lewis guesses that this chapter of the book has irritated almost everyone who’s read it. Left-wing... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 4: Morality and Psychoanalysis
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In this chapter, Lewis will discuss the Christian idea of “a good man.” In order to do so, Lewis... (full context)
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Lewis argues that psychoanalysis is not really contradictory to Christianity, though some have claimed that it... (full context)
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...humans wonder whether their behavior is the result of a free choice or their upbringing. Lewis’s answer is that upbringing, and most of a person’s psychological makeup, is just “raw material,”... (full context)
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As a young man, Lewis was always puzzled when he read Christian philosophy: Christian thinkers seemed to think that “sins... (full context)
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Lewis makes one final point: the more moral we become, the more clearly we see that... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 5: Sexual Morality
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...audience would salivate as someone slowly lifted up a tray of bacon or chocolate). Clearly, Lewis argues, something would be deeply wrong with this society. (full context)
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For many years, Lewis claims, he’s been hearing nothing but lies about sex. He’s been told that the sex... (full context)
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...to “repression” and neurosis. Such a belief is based on a misinterpretation of modern psychology, Lewis claims. There is nothing inherently unhealthy about refusing to give in to an urge; indeed,... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 6: Christian Marriage
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It’s now time for Lewis to talk about marriage. Lewis has never been married himself, but he recognizes that, since... (full context)
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...get married, or to stay married, is being in love. But this simply isn’t true, Lewis says—there’s a lot more to marriage than love. Indeed, the point of marriage is that... (full context)
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...Christian will vote for laws that make it difficult for all people to get divorces. Lewis strongly disagrees. Not all people in England are Christians, and it’s unfair to force them... (full context)
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Another important question—why, in Christian tradition, is the man considered the “head” of the marriage? Lewis gives three answers: 1) Someone needs to be the head of a marriage, because in... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 7: Forgiveness
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...be some limits to forgiveness—one wouldn’t, for instance, expect a Jew to forgive the Nazis. Lewis acknowledges that forgiveness can be a “hard pill to swallow,” but insists that it’s an... (full context)
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To wrap our heads around forgiveness, Lewis says, let’s start with a simple point: how do we go about loving our neighbors... (full context)
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...arises: how should we punish our enemies while staying true to the doctrine of forgiveness? Lewis claims that we should punish our enemies when they do wrong, just as we punish... (full context)
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...Christianity, then there’s no real difference between Christianity and the everyday view of killing. But Lewis claims that in fact, there is. Christianity teaches that we must not enjoy the act... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 8: The Great Sin
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...that we worship the real God and not, in our prideful ignorance, an imaginary God? Lewis proposes a simple test: whenever we think that our religious beliefs make us better than... (full context)
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Lewis makes a few qualifying remarks about pride. First, there is nothing inherently prideful or sinful... (full context)
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...must begin by recognizing that we are proud. “If you think you are not conceited,” Lewis closes, “you are very conceited indeed.” (full context)
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Book 3, Chapter 10: Hope
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...fade away over time. There are three distinct ways of responding to such a phenomenon, Lewis says. First, people foolishly assume that earthly desires need to be replaced with other earthly... (full context)
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...that Heaven sounds boring—who wants to sit on a cloud and play a harp forever? Lewis responds by saying that the traditional imagery of Heaven (clouds, white robes, harps, etc.) is... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 11: Faith
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...be considered a virtue—how could there be any virtue in one’s ability to believe? But Lewis argues that belief also takes a tremendous amount of willpower. For example, when Lewis is... (full context)
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Even if readers believed everything Lewis has said in his book so far, they might not necessarily become a Christian—the following... (full context)
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...a new Christian accepts these basic truths about virtue, “God can really get to work.” Lewis will then explore the second definition of faith in the following chapter. (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 12: Faith (Part 2)
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Lewis begins by telling readers to “drop” this chapter if they can’t relate to it. There... (full context)
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Lewis will now talk about faith in a second, higher sense of the word: the kind... (full context)
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...debate among Christian thinkers about whether faith or good works are more important for salvation. Lewis’s answer is that they’re equally important and indispensible. In the past, people have argued that... (full context)
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At some point, Lewis guesses, truly good Christians will reach a point where they no longer think in terms... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 1: Making and Begetting
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In the final part of his book, Lewis discusses theology, the “science of God.” Some might object that theology doesn’t really teach anything... (full context)
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...get to lead the second kind of life, but if they worship God, they will. Lewis likens the relationship between ordinary and spiritual life to the difference between a statue of... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 2: The Three-Personal God
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...from him, retaining their thoughts, memories, and personalities—a difficult concept. To understand this idea better, Lewis asks us to consider the three dimensions of space. A two-dimensional shape is composed of... (full context)
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...prayer. In the act of reaching out to God, human beings transcend earthly life (which Lewis calls bios) and experience the higher, spiritual life (which Lewis calls zoe). The intellectual discipline... (full context)
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Every few years, Lewis says, someone peddles out a new, simplified religion that tries to compete with Christianity. People... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 3: Time and Beyond Time
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Lewis explains that this chapter can be skipped if readers don’t connect with its subject. Lewis... (full context)
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...similar possibility is that God exists outside of time altogether. To illustrate such a concept, Lewis says, imagine that he is writing a story. Within the “universe” of the story, the... (full context)
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Lewis says that his ideas about time have helped him understand the concept of free will... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 4: Good Infection
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...that A’s position did not exist before B had its position on top of A. Lewis will return to this analogy in a moment. (full context)
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In an earlier chapter, Lewis tried to argue that God was a being who contained three beings (the Holy Trinity).... (full context)
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Lewis now returns to books A and B. Sometimes, when we speak of a cause and... (full context)
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...is that it defines God as a “dynamic, pulsating activity” as well as a person. Lewis suggests that, while God and Christ are definite beings, the relationship between God and Christ... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 5: The Obstinate Toy Soldiers
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...became a man in order to help humans learn how to become sons of God, Lewis says. And in the process, he helped humanity transition from one kind of life, bios,... (full context)
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Lewis asks readers to imagine being a child and making an army of tin toy soldiers... (full context)
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Lewis concludes by urging his readers not to quarrel over the details of why, precisely, humans... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 6: Two Notes
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Lewis offers two notes in this chapter. First, a potential objection to his argument would be,... (full context)
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Lewis’s notions of unity among humans could be interpreted to mean that individuals don’t really matter,... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 7: Let’s Pretend
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Lewis tells us to imagine the children’s story Beauty and the Beast, in which the girl... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 8: Is Christianity Hard or Easy?
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So far Lewis has been talking about the act of assuming the role of Christ, so that one... (full context)
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Lewis summarizes how an ordinary person might progress from atheism to Christianity. Non-believers have their own... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 9: Counting the Cost
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...for God to punish humans when they fail to be perfect. To clarify the issue, Lewis recalls being a child and getting toothaches. Whenever this happened, Lewis was afraid to tell... (full context)
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...cured their smaller sins, they realize how sinful they really are and begin to despair. Lewis cites the author George MacDonald, who argued that people are like living houses, and God... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 10: Nice People or New Men
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Lewis addresses a nagging question—if Christianity is such a wonderful thing, then why aren’t Christians always... (full context)
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Lewis isn’t denying that it’s important to be nice. Niceness should be one of the aims... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 11: The New Men
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Lewis speculates that the next step in evolution has already happened, and didn’t involve people becoming... (full context)
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...one another. Many people are frightened that God’s salvation will destroy individuality altogether. In response, Lewis compares the human race to a group of people blundering around in the dark, none... (full context)
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Lewis proposes a second analogy: imagine a foreigner who’s never tasted salt before. If you offer... (full context)