Mere Christianity Short Summary
Mere Christianity is a book by author C. S. Lewis who is best known for the series “Chronicles of Narnia.” Lewis was raised in Christianity but became an atheist at 15 years. The book got published in the year 1952. It analyzes Christianity and gives some of the author`s views on it.
A Flick Through of the Plot
Lewis starts by stating that there are some thought aspects of Christianity that are confusing and that they cause contradictions among Christians. Lewis wants to restore the unity of Christianity.
He starts by talking about Morality, which he sees as a level of decency that is well-recognized by humans. Lewis calls it Moral law.
God gifted human beings with free will, and this means that people can stray from the moral law, but still there are consequences for it. He feels there was a reason behind God giving humans free will. If there was no free will, then existence would be robot-like, and the definition of good would always remain to be hollow. He highlights that actions matter but the motives that result in them are important too.
Pantheists have the belief that the universe is God. Christians believe that God made the universe. For the pantheists, God is Good and Bad at the same time, but Christians believe that God is Good and expects humans to live according to some ways. God does not condemn mistakes and forgives the repentant. Forgiveness is a great part of Christianity. Christians have to accept all aspects of Christianity and not ignore others.
Christianity believes in the wickedness of the individual, but they do not see it as permanent. Lewis believes that sometimes people do bad things for the sake of good.
Lewis addresses the imperfection of humans, whereby he describes that people were encouraged by Satan that happiness was possible without God. This made them go astray. God countered this by giving humans a conscience and letting his Son Jesus become an inspiration by dying for humanity.
Lewis states that Christians should strive to live like Christ to please God. God gives many chances for people to join freely, and everyone will know the side they have chosen when God emerges.
Lewis believes that some Christians have lost sight of what is important. He believes that God wants humans to become innocent childlike and still wise. He then goes into sexual morality and recognizes chastity as the least possessed virtue. He also believes that human instincts on sex have become perverted. Even though the Christian religion does not go against sexual pleasure, self-control is what God is advocating.
Forgiveness might be hard, but it does not mean affection. It just means frowning upon the sin and not the sinner. The greatest sin, according to him, is pride since it gives way to other sins.
Lewis ends his book by advocating for Christians to live more like Christ.