Bk III -- Ch 3 & 4
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Mere Christianity

Book III
Ch. 3 - Social Morality

  1. Christ did not preach a brand new morality, according to Lewis. Instead, what did he do?



  2. Why does Christianity not give a detailed political program for implementing the Golden Rule?



  3. According to Lewis, which group within the church ought to take the lead in putting the Golden Rule (and other Christian principles) into action in society?



  4. Lewis lists three "hints" from the New Testament as to what a Christian society might look like. List them. Each of the following scriptures corresponds to one of the "hints." Try to match them.  

    (1)

    (2)

    (3)


    Ephesians 5:21-22 and 25 
    1 Thessalonians 4:11  
    Ephesians 6:1-4  
    2 Thessalonians 3:10-12  
    Ephesians 5:19 
    Romans 13:1 
    Philippians 4:4-7

  5. What were Lewis's thoughts on lending money? Consider Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:35-38; Deuteronomy 23:19, 20 and Nehemiah 5:1-13. What principles do you see set forth in the Old Testament?



  6. What rule does Lewis recommend for charitable giving?



  7. What two obstacles to charity does Lewis identify?



  8. What will it take for a Christian society to develop?




Book III
Ch. 4 - Morality & Psychoanalysis

  1. Even though we won't have a "Christian society" until most people become Christians, what jobs are we still to do?



  2. What distinction does Lewis make regarding Freud and psychoanalysis? Which part contradicts Christianity?




  3. According to Lewis, what goes into making a moral choice? Which part can psychoanalysis address? Which part is morality concerned with?



  4. Lewis writes, "bad psychological material is not a sin but a disease." Do you agree/disagree?



  5. How do humans judge? How does God judge? Consider Matthew 7:1-5; Galatians 6:1-2; James 4:11-12; Romans 14:10 and 13.



  6. What happens every time we make a choice? What are the eventual outcomes of each path?



  7. What puzzled Lewis about Christian writers?  Consider Matthew 5:21-22 and 27-28.



  8. As a person gets better, what becomes more apparent to him/her? What does this suggest about contemporary American culture where very few people see themselves as sinners?

 

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