Bk III -- Ch 1 & 2
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Mere Christianity

Book III
Ch. 1 - The Three Parts of Morality

  1. How does the schoolboy (and many adults) perceive God and morality?



  2. If morals are directions for running the human machine as Lewis contends, then what can we expect to happen when morals are eroded or ignored?



  3. What is the danger of equating moral obedience with idealism?



  4. With what three areas is morality concerned?



  5. When a man or woman says, "It can't be wrong because it doesn't hurt anyone else," what areas of morality is he/she overlooking? Why is this a non-Christian philosophy?



  6. What does Lewis mean when he says, "You cannot make men good by law"? Do you agree/disagree?



  7. How does the worth of the individual vary from that of a nation or civilization, depending on how you perceive an individual's lifespan?



  8. While most people can agree on morals when it comes to inter-personal relationships (i.e. how we should treat one another), when do the disagreements arise? Why?



Book III
Ch. 2 - The "Cardinal Virtues"

[Note:  This chapter was not one of the original radio broadcasts.]

  1. Give Lewis's definition for each of the four cardinal virtues. 

    Prudence:

    Temperance:

    Justice:

    Fortitude: 

  2. How might being a Christian sharpen your intelligence? Consider: Proverbs 1:1-4; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 14:15; Isaiah 33:6.



  3. When might it be appropriate for a Christian to abstain? Consider 1 Corinthians 8:9 and 13; Romans 14:7 and 15-21.



  4. What does Lewis say about abstainers who want everyone else to follow suit? Consider Romans 14:3-4.



  5. What distinction does Lewis make between doing a particular action versus developing a character quality?



  6. According to Lewis, if we focus on actions only, we might encourage three wrong ideas. List them.

 

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