2010-07-04 Mere Christianity Part 2

C S Lewis News

I mentioned three links to videos on the web in this show.  The first is the link to the trailer for the next movie in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.


Next we have a link to video about lessons learned from C S Lewis by John Piper, a popular pastor and author.


Finally, here is the link to the video of the interview between Douglas Gresham, Jack’s stepson, and the actor (Max McLean) who plays Screwtape in the off-Broadway play currently running in New York.



Jack wants to provide us a Christian framework to help us to think about our moral principles and to guide us in forming them.

Here is the overall plan he follows in this section of the book covering Christian Behavior.

First, he defines the scope of morality and discusses whether moral rules hurt or enhance human happiness.

Next, Jack looks at 4 principles that almost all people recognize

  • Prudence (common sense)
  • Temperance (going the right length in our pleasures)
  • Justice (fairness and honesty)
  • Fortitude (courage)

After this, Jack covers what we might call some “hot topics”

  • The relationship between morality and psychoanalysis
  • How politics and morality are should work
  • Sex and marriage
  • Our need to forgive our enemies, and
  • The biggest sin of them all (Pride)

Finally, he concludes by looking at the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and charity.

It’s helpful to keep this plan in mind when reading the book, in my opinion.

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