mere christianity


Lately I’ve been reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  It’s one of those books that has been on my shelf longer than I care to admit – One of those I’ll-get-to-it-someday books.  C.S. Lewis starts by building logical basis for Christian belief – something I find interesting since we’re talking about a belief system that is built on faith.  After he builds this foundation of logic, he moves to the practical by explaining what Christianity looks like when it is lived out.

Since I *finally* got around to reading it, and since there aren’t enough Facebook statuses to post my favorite quotes, I thought I’d share them here.  This post is a little long, but if you stick with it you might find a quote you like. 🙂

“Progress means not just changing, but changing for the better…  If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing and about-turn and walking back to the right road…”

“God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from.  He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies.”

“There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God.  He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes… When you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.”

“God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.  There is no such thing.”

“You must make your choice.  Either this Man (Jesus) was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.  You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.  But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher.  He has not left that open to us.  He did not intend to.”

“We believe that the death of Christ is just that point in history at which something absolutely unimaginable from outside shows through into our own world.  And if we cannot picture even the atoms of which our own world is built, of course we are not going to be able to picture this.”

“The perfect surrender and humiliation were undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender because He was man.”

“But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him.  He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us…”

But I don’t want to give all the good stuff away… You should read it for yourself.  And then you should tell me what you thought about it! 🙂

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3 thoughts on “mere christianity

  1. Hmm. Maybe I’ll have to add this to my “to get” list. I have lots of books like that…that are for “someday.” haha!

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