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“As we witness Lewis develop we find that these volumes are working as a kind of unconscious autobiography.” (Books & Culture) “C. S. Lewis understood, like. Mere Christianity. By. C.S. Lewis. Contents: Book Cover (Front) (Back). Scan / Edit Notes. Preface. Book I. Right And Wrong As A Clue To The Meaning Of The. In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality.
This Irish-born Oxford and Cambridge academic wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.
His most distinguished and popular writings include his seven-part fantasy series for children The Chronicles of Narnia ; the science fiction Space Trilogy ; the apologetical The Problem of Pain , The Screwtape Letters , Miracles , Mere Christianity , and The Four Loves ; and the autobiographical Surprised by Joy and A Grief Observed Countless Christian writers, pastors, thinkers and artists have credited C S Lewis as a key influence on their faith journey, and his Narnia books have become classics of children's literature.
Lewis became known as 'Jack' as a young child after he adopted the name of his pet dog who was killed by a car. His mother Flora was the daughter of an Anglican priest, and died when Lewis was just ten.
Lewis had one brother, Warren - known affectionately as Warnie - who was three years his senior. The two would remain close friends and creative collaborators throughout Lewis' life. When children, they shared a fascination with humanised animal characters like Beatrix Potter's, and wrote and illustrated stories of an imaginary world they called 'Boxen', run entirely by such fanciful beings. Lewis' childhood home was full of books, and he became a keen and intrepid reader at an early age.
Until his mother's death, Lewis was educated by private tutors, then moved on to a series of boarding schools in both Ireland and England. It was during his time at the last of these, aged 15, that Lewis gave up his childhood Christian faith and became an atheist.
It was also at this time that he developed an intense love for ancient Norse legends and the natural world - an aesthetic complex which he called 'Northernness' and associated with the mysterious inner longing of 'joy'. Under the influence of his tutor William Kirkpatrick, Lewis would go on to a deep involvement with ancient Greek literature. Lewis' academic acumen won him a scholarship at Oxford in , but shortly afterward his studies were interrupted by military service in World War I.
Lewis was commissioned as a lieutenant in a light infantry regiment and sent to the Western Front in France, where he experienced the horrors of trench warfare, and was wounded by what would now be called 'friendly fire'. After the war, Lewis resumed his studies at Oxford, and in the years between and received firsts in Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, and English.
By he was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford - a position he would hold for nearly three decades. In , Lewis transferred to Cambridge, where he had been awarded professorship in the new chair of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature.
In the late s, Lewis' circle of literary friends at Oxford coalesced into a discussion group known as The Inklings, which would meet regularly over about two decades. Members shared an enthusiasm for narrative tales, myths, legends - particularly Norse, Celtic, folkloric and mediaeval material - and fantasy fiction. They would read aloud their own works-in-progress and receive suggestions and criticism from their fellows.
His friend Tolkien's devout Catholic faith decisively influenced Lewis' return to Christianity between and Lewis famously described himself as a stubbornly difficult convert in his spiritual autobiography Surprised By Joy : "In the Trinity Term of I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.
It was the latter which Lewis presented in his popular work Mere Christianity, adapted from a series of radio talks he made for the BBC from to , and which has become one of the most influential Christian books of modern times. Lewis' theology was basically Anglican, with an ecumenical breadth shaped by the formative influences of Tolkien's and Chesterton's Catholicism, and the Christian universalism of MacDonald. Lewis married relatively late in his life at age 57, in unusual circumstances.
He had befriended Joy Davidman Gresham - an American intellectual of Jewish background, and a convert, like Lewis, from atheism to Christianity. Joy was trying to remain in the UK with her two sons, having escaped an abusive marriage, and Lewis kindly agreed to a civil union to enable her to stay. Shortly afterward, Joy was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer.
What had begun as a marriage of convenience between friends became much deeper, and Lewis and Joy obtained a full Christian marriage in As it turned out, Joy was the love of Lewis' life, and when she died after three years of remission, Lewis experienced a shattering grief from which he never really emerged. Also important are the relationships I share with my faith family at St.
Similarly, my relationships with other people I come in contact with — whether Christian or not — are where I learn much about what it means to be human…. Francis of Assisi. And through their art — J.
Even though I have never met them, they have communicated to me, and my faith has grown deeper and more nuanced.
Relationships and communication — a sharing of our experience here on earth. These have been great teachers for me.
Evil, pain and unfairness In Mere Christianity, Lewis sees life as a battle between the forces of good and bad. I recognize the reality of evil acts and systems in the world and of people who do evil.
I also recognize the great pain that any human being suffers going through life, some much more than others. I recognize the unfairness of life. For instance, how a child born to one mother faces a pampered life while the child of another finds the cards stacked against him —marginalized because of his race and class and because of the many ways the American economic system refuses to address the myriad problems he must face.
When a child drowns. When a traffic accident maims a young woman.
Some of the pain of life is due to what people do. Some of the unfairness of life is due to what people do. The death of my career I look to Jesus in the crucifixion and resurrection as a symbol of the core of life.
Day in, day out, I find that I die in many ways, often painfully, such as when I was laid off by the Chicago Tribune after more than 32 years there. This can be viewed from the perspective of unfairness or even corporate evil, but, at the deepest level, I see my Tribune lay-off as, above all, an example of how any human life is filled with pain.
With a death such as this or even the very minor death such as when a leaky pen ruins one of my good shirts, the question, for me, is less about what caused it. The question is what do I do in reaction. But, being laid off by the Tribune left me in a funk for five years.
The question I faced, though, on the day I walked out of Tribune Tower was what I was going to do after suffering this great pain. For me, the lesson of Jesus and the lesson of life was that I had to accept the reality of the pain of the death of my Tribune career, and start taking the first steps of my new non-Tribune life.
In other words, I had to accept the death, and do what I could to create the resurrection that was to come. It starts as a seed and transforms itself, rising above the soil to reach to the sun and then, in time, to die — to be resurrected later with its atoms creating a new flower or becoming part of a bird or a tree or, even, me. I also think of two lines from a poem by a great American poet, Gwendolyn Brooks: This is the urgency: Live!
Life is a whirlwind. My faith is that my job is to bloom. In other words, living.I wanted to find something that tied his observations together.
He would either be a lunatic - on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - o Lewis is brilliant! With each conclusion he includes understandable and often masterful examples.
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