Bk I -- Ch 3 to 5
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Mere Christianity

Book I

Ch. 3 – The Reality of the Law

  1. Lewis reiterates the two points with which he concluded chapter one.  What are they?



  2. How does the Law of Human Nature differ from the laws of nature such as gravity?



  3. How is decent behavior more than what is useful to us?



  4. What does Lewis conclude about the reality of the Law of Human Nature?



  5. The Apostle Paul wrestles with what he termed "the law of sin."  (Don't confuse "the law of sin" with the law of Moses or God's law.)  How does Paul describe his battle?  Read Romans 7:15-25.



  6. Do you find the law pressing on you?  How?



Book I

Ch. 4 -- What Lies Behind the Law

  1. Lewis lists two views on the origin of the universe (three views, if you include the Note at the end of the chapter.)  Describe them.



  2. Lewis contends that science will not help you determine which view is correct.  Why?  Do you agree?



  3. Where is the only place we could expect an outside controlling power to show itself, according to Lewis?



  4. Using the illustration of a letter packet, what does Lewis discover when he opens the packet called "Man" or "Myself"?



  5. What happens to the Life-Force view when you ask if the force has a mind?



  6. According to Lewis, what makes the Life-Force view attractive?



Book I

Ch. 5 -- We Have Cause to be Uneasy

  1. In this chapter, Lewis gives three reasons why Christianity makes sense in light of the demands of the Moral Law (aka the Law of Human Nature).  Reason #1 is that humanity is on the wrong road.  Do you agree/disagree?  What evidence do you offer as support?



  2. Is progress possible while on the wrong road?



  3. What are the two bits of evidence we have about the "Somebody"?  What conclusions can we draw from each piece of evidence?



  4. What does it mean that the "Somebody" behind the Moral Law is "good"?



  5. Christianity doesn't make sense until a person realizes what?



  6. Does Lewis recommend looking for truth or comfort?  Does Christianity offer comfort?




© 2007 Allyson Wieland