Another Look At “Mere Christianity”, Part 2

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  1. Josh the Baptist says:

    Yep, great writing. OF course Lewis and I would not agree 100% about the nature of such things, but we aren’t worlds apart.

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Found this in my morning devotions…

    “Our sharing in the Body and Blood of Christ has no other purpose than to transform us into that which we receive.”

    Leo the Great

  3. bob1 says:

    I really like Lewis’s “both-and” point of view about how the Christ life is received — two are sacramental and one I don’t think is — belief.

    It kind of lines up with my experience as a Xn for over 60 yrs — God can (and does, I believe) utilize various means whatever He brings folks into His church and sustains them. I think these 3 cover the waterfront, as it were.

  4. bob1 says:

    Whatever should be whenever.

  5. Kevin H says:

    Mere Christianity has long been one of my favorite books.

    I certainly have my disagreements with Lewis but I love the way Lewis writes and communicates and is able to teach theology in a manner that relates easily to the commoner and the way in this book how he focuses on the core of Christianity.

    I also am often suspicious of so many evangelicals who espouse their love for the book when some of them at the same time can be quite denouncing of some of the same items that Lewis happens to believe and teach in the book.

  6. Josh the Baptist says:

    I think its just a case of agreeing on the vast majority of the content, and appreciating Lewis’ ability to express his points in the places we don’t agree.

    There’s a lesson to be learned there. The way that one communicates has an effect on how the message is received.

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    “At least, those are the three ordinary methods. I am not saying there may not be special cases where it is spread without one or more of these.”

    I don’t think Lewis is offering these up as either / or – pick the one of your preference. I think he is being stern but allowing for “special” circumstances. I would hope no one would interpret special circumstances to be “I prefer this over this – or this just doesn’t sit right with me so I will leave it out.”

  8. John 20:29 says:

    #6 – “The way one communicates has an effect on how the message is received” that’s the truth… to take it one step further, for most of us, one communicator speaks to us while another communicator offends us and often both are saying exactly the same thing – just using a different “language” to do so…

    “And let me make it quite clear that when Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being “in Christ” or of Christ being “in them,” this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying Him. They mean that Christ is actually operating through them; that the whole mass of Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts—that we are.”
    and – IMV – that is the mystery of the Church… just think about it – our Lord returned to the Father, leaving the fate of generations in our hands… i sometimes wonder if this process would have been shorter, if the Church (i mean us pew sitters) had been more diligent – dunno – i don’t know, but God always does and that, too, is a mystery, how does He do this with feeble humans?

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    There is also something here that is profoundly sad. If Lewis came back today, outside of a very few college chapels in Oxford and Cambridge (where they still sing Evensong), he would barely be able to recognize the Anglican Church that he loved so much. It is heartbreaking to think about…

  10. John 20:29 says:

    It is faith that makes us whole…
    now is it necessary to take the historic view that Christ’s body and blood become a physical reality when ingested?
    i don’t think it is, but i do believe that it is very necessary and the lack of which is very damning no matter your view of the process, is to take the bread and the wine/juice with anything but stunned reverence when remembering the act that is represented. If i were to subscribe to the belief that the elements become real and efficacious as substance when i take them and yet i take them like i’d take an aspirin tablet – just pop them in and swallow, how can i claim that i have participated in the communion table?
    If their efficacy is physically transforming, then i think that the one who is reverent at the table will receive the same blessing as the one who anticipates the elements to perform a physical transformation. Like my redemption which wasn’t up to me, God did it…
    somehow, i don’t think it is pleasing to Him for us to wrangle about what that bread and wine are or are doing.
    From where i sit – we come close the O.T. legalism when we place our interpretation of the sacrifice on such a high plain… doesn’t sit right? salvation doesn’t “sit right.” God saves souls that seem not worth the trouble when i look at them… It’s His call and His work all the way… doesn’t have anything to do with what “doesn’t sit right” with me. He died to redeem me? That seems extreme. He’s redeemed me and, for the life of me, i can’t see why… there are many lost souls ignoring Him that are kinder, smarter and more lovable than i am… doesn’t have much to do with what sits right with me 🙂 thank God for that

  11. brian says:

    I sort of liked Mr. Lewis with Mere Christianity but his work, “The Problem of Pain” was far more influential now some that run in my early Christian narrative would consider Mr. Lewis a Catholic/Jesuit shill promoting the new world order (that would be the liberal view). He tried to deal with a narrative that was dear to my heart (given I don’t have a soul this is the closest I can come). He struggled with pain and tried to explain it from God’s perspective. I found that powerful. The Gospel is still powerful, as it is in each generation. I still do not understand why that is heretical, I agree it is what I am told but I don’t get why it is.

    This is pathetic on my part, but I just want to make sure those I worked with are part of the “redeemed”, even on my soul that would be a “good deal”.

  12. JoelG says:

    This is the book that really solidified my faith and put me on the road to baptism. I can’t explain why this is such a good book other than I think Lewis has a gift of logically and methodically parsing out the Christian faith. If I could keep just one book in addition to the Bible this is it. It is dear to me.

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