The title has influenced touchstone magazine: a journal of mere christianity and william dembski's book mere creation charles colson's conversion to christianity resulted from his reading this book, as did the conversions of francis collins, jonathan aitken, josh caterer and the philosopher c e m joad. The laws of nature, as applied to stones or trees, may only mean what nature, in fact, does but if you turn to the law of human nature, the law of decent behaviour, it is a different matter. The following is a commentary of the law of human nature chapter of cs lewis' book entitled 'mere' christianity the purpose is to elaborate cs lewis' arguments to both the causal reader and the readers who have a curosity in his writings.
The moral law, or law of human nature, is not simply a fact about human behaviour in the same way as the law of gravitation is, or may be, simply a fact about how heavy objects behave on the other hand, it is not a mere fancy, for we cannot get rid of the idea, and most of the things we say and think about men would be reduced to nonsense if we did. Need help with book 1, chapter 1: the law of human nature in c s lewis's mere christianity check out our revolutionary side-by-side summary and analysis. 2010 the cs lewis institute cs lewis study program | mere christianity study guide.
Here is how lewis argues, as far as i can tell (in chapter 4 of mere christianity, “what lies behind the law”): the moral law-giver is either part of the universe or something beyond if it is part of the universe, we would be able to observe moral facts, and the reality or power behind moral facts, via scientific inquiry. Mere christianity by cs lewis summary: cotton candy apologetics – engaging and conversational but shallow the author of the popular chronicles of narnia series as well as several books on apologetics and theology, cs lewis was an oxford professor who claimed to have converted from christianity to atheism and back to christianity again.
The law of human nature – cslewis the following excerpt from lewis’ book “ mere christianity ” describes very well the idea of a law of human nature, as a foundation for universal ethics every one has heard people quarreling. Al nature needs guidelines and, again, christianity provides the most helpful and satisfying morality on the planet (book three) that satisfying answer for our moral hunger is not found in our. Need help with book 1, chapter 1: the law of human nature in c s lewis's mere christianity check out our revolutionary side-by-side summary and analysis mere christianity book 1, chapter 1: the law of human nature summary & analysis from litcharts | the creators of sparknotes. Now this law or rule about right and wrong used to be called the law of nature nowadays, when we talk of the laws of nature we usually mean things like gravitation, or heredity, or the laws of chemistry but when the older thinkers called the law of right and wrong the law of nature, they really meant the law of human nature.
Mere christianity is a theological book by c s lewis, adapted from a series of bbc radio talks made between 1941 and 1944, while lewis was at oxford during the second world war. C s lewis’s arguments for moral objectivity in mere christianity first, an account of subjective vs objectivesomething is objective just in case there can be real disagreements in which one party or the other must be mistaken. Cs lewis, the moral argument for god, and the gospel in the conclusion of his famous critique of practical reason , kant famously said, “two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and reverence the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
- cs lewis, 'mere' christianity (part 1, chapter 1, the law of human nature), 1943 the above excerpts are from 'mere' christianity , the emphases are my own and the attempt is posit commentary towards cs lewis' arguments to interest the reader in his works.
Born in ireland in 1898, c s lewis was educated at malvern college for a year and then privately he gained a triple first at oxford and was a fellow and tutor at magdalen college 1925-54.