- Product Review (submitted on September 9, 2010):
What can be said in favor of or against C.S. Lewis that has not been said already? By keeping the topic of Christianity at such a general level, Lewis has penned perhaps the most important book regarding the basic beliefs that must be held by a Christian if they are to call Christ their Lord and Savior.
Unfortunately, because of his views on evolution (he assumes it as true) many today hold that one’s view of the Biblical account of creation is not important. This is not so. If Genesis one is not true, then John 3:16 is not true. If God did not create from nothing, then Christ need not come and die for our sins. I realize this is an oversimplification of the point, but it is nonetheless true.
There are a few other areas in which I disagree with Lewis, but that is the beauty of Mere Christianity, one can disagree and still find the common ground in Christ that brings us all together. Aside from his evolutionary take on origins, I appreciated his candor in handling the fundamental beliefs of Christianity.
His chapter on sexual morality ought to be read by every Christian in the church today. His understanding of sinful man becoming new creatures in Christ is still another chapter that should be read. There are many in the church today who say that unless you have been radically changed (generally the assumption is “as I have been”) then you are not a true Christian. Lewis puts that misnomer to bed and exhorts all to look to Christ and find the power in Him to worry about yourself rather than others.
If you have never read this book, you are wrong! Even with his views of evolution throughout, this book demands to be read. For so many Christians today, we want to divide over secondary and tertiary doctrinal issues. It saddens me that a Presbyterian and a Southern Baptist cannot get along because they have differing views on baptism when neither is saying that one’s baptism will save from sin.
Mere Christianity helps to bring the conversation back to the basics and often times that is where we need to not only start, but remain.