Criticalreview of book “Mere Christianity"
CSLewis is a quite talented writer who once was a Christian thentransformed into atheism but finally converts to Christianity. In anattempt to defend his acts he writes a book whereby he justifiesChristianity (Anacker & John, 683). The following prose shows howhe presents his arguments, possible critics to it as well as hisstrengths.
Lewisfinds it necessary since it raises so many questions on why he wouldchange to atheism but later convert into Christianity. His argumentsare at times full of flaws and instead of countering criticism of hisideas honestly and head on, he instead assumes them and does not tryto convince them otherwise (Carter & Stephen, 525). This is quiteevident in the preface. He restricts himself from addressing theinterdenominational issues in an attempt not to lose potentialChristians who he believes would turn away if they were told thetruth. I totally beg to differ from his proposition since I believethat he is totally operating against his principles. I expect to findtruth and honesty in him something that he badly disappoints me. Heencourages evangelists to be founded on falsehood if they are ever towin converts (Anacker et al. 683).
Inbook 4 chapter 1, he is so passionate of his argument. He talks ofthe view to differ from the generality we have occasionally adoptedin comparison of both Christian and non-Christians (Brockmann &Bennet, 554-557). He purports of the idea to now view them as twovague ideas just derived from nowhere e.g. like in novels andnewspapers. He further adds that if you view them so, you will be ina position to look at them as sound human beings and can thereforeappreciate the probability of having good atheists as well as badChristians in the society. I totally concur with him on thisproposition. He successfully manages to convince his readers of whyhe turned into atheism. He further explains to people the need not tojudge atheists harshly as they are good in some way something thatunfortunately may not be reflected by some other hypocriticalChristians (Anacker et al. 683).
Inbook 1, chapter 1, he talks of morality being attributed to God whois a supreme being. He further states that the fear of this SupremeBeing who created the earth drives man to be very careful of how theybehave (Anacker et al. 683). His statement is somehow true to anextent. However, does the reader think in tandem with him? To someextent he makes the reader think that he is actually cynical of hisown proposition. He fails to passionately argue and convince thereaders why he found Christianity so appropriate to an extent that hejoins it. He seems not to have faith in what he is saying? Lewisfails to show us what actually happens in cases whereby theChristians act in divergence to morality (Carter et al.510-525).
Inatheism, he depicts that the universe is cruel and unjust. Heattributes it to God and finds it hard to believe how the creator canmake something which he later subjects to so much harshness andcruelty (Anacker et al. 683). This drives him to think ofChristianity being so fake and justifies his shift to atheism.Moreover, he proposes that God having created everything in freewillwhy is it that the humans are free to be good and the case isdifferent in options for being bad? He finds this rather a mix up andunreal? I actually think that his argument is basically vague andcannot woe one into atheism (Carter et al. 510-525). So he shouldwork on his arguments by making them stronger and credible otherwisehis piece of work will be mere fallacy and fiction and I think theworld is past that. I think that the world is not really ready forthat.
Inconclusion, I think that Lewis is an interesting writer, but for himto be a prolific one his arguments must be strongly propounded.Nevertheless, he starts off in a good way which, if subjected to abit of radicalism he is good to go.
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