Posted by: Aaron McCarter | July 28, 2007

Book Review: Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis.

No, I’m not presumptuous enough to try to critique C.S. Lewis…I have no review to offer, except to say that it’s amazing, and that it’s a must read…and, actually, a must re-read. Mr. Lewis had a way of being unbelievably profound while using simple and accessible language…and he always seemed to find the perfect everyday analogy to communicate his points. So, no real review, just a plea: if you haven’t read it…or it’s been a few years…it’s time! However, since I have been working my way through this book in recent days, I thought it might be worthwhile to post a few quotes from time to time that have attracted my highlighter. Here’s the first of a few:

“But there is a difficult in disagreeing with God. He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes: you could not be right and He wrong any more than a stream can rise above its own source. When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on…”

“…God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not ther. There is no such thing.”


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