MereChristianity by Clive S. Lewis
MereChristianity by Clive S. Lewis
CliveS. Lewis was a strong Christian supporter and defender who was bornin 1898 and died in 1963 (Bassham, 2015). He was a poet, novelist,literary critic, renowned theologian and academician who excelled infiction and theological works. His theological work coverssignificant Christian teachings written in a simple and ordinarylanguage and includes doctrine held by all Christians. MereChristianity targeted individuals who might have limited knowledge infaith and thus, upon reading this works, they would recognize andserve Jesus Christ (Lewis, 2017). He also held that skeptics need tounderstand the fundamental doctrines of faith first so that they canjoin Christianity and then later choose the best fellowship to join.Lewis described his theological teachings using a common languagesuch that the targeted laypeople would understand. He used any avenueat his disposal to present the tenets of his faith (Bassham, 2015).For instance, he wrote essays, novels, speeches and letters that hadsignificant themes regarding theology. There are three main issuesthat Lewis covered in his book Mere Christianity that will bereviewed in this study. They include Christian faith is a commonhall, inerrant nature of the scripture and significance of obedientas opposed to idealism.
Lewisbelieved that Christian faith is a common hall that everybody oughtto enter after which you will seek the best room to access religiousteaching of your choice (Lewis, 2017). While putting this informationacross, he considered three primary motives. Doctrinal disputes thatexist among different faiths would require a deep and complexhistorical and theological understanding of him. As such, pursuingsuch knowledge should be left to individuals who are already inChristianity because the unbelievers may not understand it (Lewis,2017). Persons who were not in Christianity deserved to enter intofaith first as a common hall, understand the tenets of faith and thenmake a comprehensive decision on the best denomination or teachingsto follow. Consequently, everybody was welcome in the hall ofChristianity before being absorbed into individual rooms that had theright nourishment for their souls. This assertion attracts skepticsto Christian faith because it promises and gives them hopes that theytoo belong to the house of God irrespective of their background,their faith or any form of societal segregation (Bassham, 2015).Christians should rejoice in established commonality but should notoverlook the fact that significant challenges exist and should besolved.
Lewisheld that scripture is inerrantinthat it has no mistakes or errors. Accordingly, the Bible is a wordof God that cannot have fault or errors whatsoever (Lewis, 2017). Theleaders of Lewis’s book are made to understand that the Bible isthe word of God and is comprehensively trustworthy and accurate.Fundamentally, the individuals who object to the word of God aresubscribing to the notion that God can have errors of which is nottrue(Bassham,2015). Although Lewis held that some of the books in the Bible likeGenesis and the book of Job might appear fictional or be historicalin nature, he clearly stated that the writers were guided andinspired by God. Accordingly, these books contain message that is thedivine truth because God can reach his people in many ways andthrough various messages (Lewis, 2017). Lewis undoubtedly understoodthat the scripture is authoritative and communicates the word of God.
Lewisalso supported the fact that good Christian morals and behavior areessential in human life but asserted that individuals shouldsubscribe to moral obedience other than moral idealism (Lewis, 2017).It is by considering morals in their ideal form that hinders peoplefrom acquiring spiritual wellbeing. This assertion was significant toskeptics because it brought the idea that Christian behavior shouldbe based on obedient and not perfection. This tenet brought everybodyon board because people would consider living Christianity life assomething that is achievable and realistic (Bassham, 2015). He alsowarns the reader against living an ideal life but instead advisesthem to struggle day by day to achieve perfection ardently.Consequently, the readers will gain some confidence that they areeligible for salvation without complex preconditions. The reason isthat mistakes or sins committed will cause future challenges whilemoral failure caused trouble to a person or other people.Subsequently, is one of thefriendliest texts for laymen and individuals who have not attainedspiritual precision because it provides a leeway to all and embracesthe understanding that all individuals can accomplish faith.
Bassham,G. (2015). C.S.Lewis`s Christian apologetics: Pro and con.Leiden: Brill Rodopi.
Lewis,C. S. (2017). C.s.Lewis`s mere Christianity.S.l.: Broadman & holman publishers.