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Mere Christianity - Anyone Read It? Good for beginners?

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4 years ago#1
It was recommended to me a while back.
4 years ago#2
The only people I know who find its arguments convincing are those who are already Christian, for what that's worth.
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4 years ago#3
I read it a few years ago for a class of mine. It's a good read. Regardless of whether you agree with Lewis or not, it's a good introduction to Christianity and its concepts. Lewis' musings are always entertaining to me, anyway. It was adapted from a series of radio talks during world war 2 so Lewis has an interesting perspective.
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4 years ago#4
Severely overrated. As mentioned above, you basically need to be part of the hive mind to really enjoy it.
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4 years ago#5
Isn't that kind of how it works? If I found The God Delusion convincing I would become an atheist. If you found Mere Christianity convincing you would become a Christian.
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4 years ago#6
chukie_sue posted...
Isn't that kind of how it works? If I found The God Delusion convincing I would become an atheist. If you found Mere Christianity convincing you would become a Christian.


Not quite. I find George MacDonald's (the man whom Lewis credits with his conversion) sermons to be very persuasive, though I am not a Christian.
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4 years ago#7
That's true. My aim is the dispel the notion that because many Christians find it convincing and many atheists don't, that it is somehow evidence against its quality.
"Christ is with those of humble mind, not with those who exalt themselves over his flock." -St. Clement of Rome.
4 years ago#8
lewis' arguments are like babby's first apologetics. a 13 year old could have destroyed him in a debate.
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4 years ago#9
Hustle Kong posted...
chukie_sue posted...
Isn't that kind of how it works? If I found The God Delusion convincing I would become an atheist. If you found Mere Christianity convincing you would become a Christian.


Not quite. I find George MacDonald's (the man whom Lewis credits with his conversion) sermons to be very persuasive, though I am not a Christian.


Exactly. Sometimes a bad argument is jut a bad argument, even if you agree with the overall principle of the person behind it.
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4 years ago#10
To be honest as a Christian I thought "I don't see how any Aethist would agree with these" as I read it.

Your better off reading Screwtape Letters, which is slightly more likely to sway someone, but has interesting insights and is a genereally enjoyable read.
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