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  • Mere Christianity Book I, Chapter 4

    Mere Christianity: Book 1, Chapter 4 If you were given time on NPR, our closest equivalent to the BBC, to talk to people about “the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people,” (Jude 3) where would you start? Maybe a scripture verse? It’s intriguing that C.S. Lewis hasn’t at this point…

  • Mere Christianity | Book One, Chapter 3

    “The Reality of the Law” As a kind of spiritual discipline, I am reading through C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, and trying to understand it better by asking myself questions. Q. What are the “two odd things about the human race” that C.S. Lewis mentioned at the end of the first chapter? A. First, we are…

  • Mere Christianity | Book One, Chapter Two

    For me, the second chapter is more difficult than the first. In addressing questions, Lewis is making some distinctions between things which really stretches my ability to think philosophically. Q: C.S. Lewis opens Chapter 2 with “If they are the foundation . . .” What is the foundational “they” he is referring to? A: Lewis…

  • Mere Christianity | Book One, Chapter One

    I am taking a journey through C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. My approach to this book is to read it like it’s the first time. To try and understand what he is saying, I am asking myself questions based on the text. Book I | Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the…

  • Mere Christianity | Preface (and Foreword by Kathleen Norris)

    I would like to begin a journey through C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity that will take some time—over half the year. In a journal entry about the book some years ago I wrote, “I don’t think we can underestimate the value of this book for having a kind of road map to understand the world we…

  • A verse of hope

    In my mind this morning is a verse of hope. It’s Ezekiel 1:1 which reads, “In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.” (NIV) It’s a bad news/good news scenario. The…