Bk III -- Ch 7 & 8
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Mere Christianity

Book III
Ch. 7 - Forgiveness

  1. Why might forgiveness be even more unpopular than chastity?  Why is it necessary?

  2. What are two things we can do to make forgiveness easier?

  3. Lewis spends a lot of time clarifying what loving your neighbor is and what it is not.

    Loving my neighbor does not mean:

    Loving my neighbor does mean:

  4. How did Lewis resolve the "straw-splitting distinction" between hating the sin, but not the sinner?

  5. Describe the test Lewis proposed. What happens when we deny any data inconsistent with our hatred?

  6. How does Lewis distinguish fighting in a war from the sixth commandment - Thou shall not kill (Exodus 20:13)?

  7. How do we go about loving those who have nothing lovable about them?

Book III
Ch. 8 - The Great Sin

  1. Would you have selected pride as the greatest sin?

  2. How can we spot pride in our own lives?

  3. How does pride get its pleasure?

  4. How can some people be proud and at the same time appear to be religious?  Consider Matthew 7:21-23 and Luke 18:10-14.

  5. What is the "test of being in the presence of God"?

  6. Sometimes a person's pride is utilized to control simpler vices. What is the danger of this? 

  7. How does Lewis distinguish pride from pleasure in being praised?

  8. What does a humble person look like?

  9. What is the first step in acquiring humility?

  10. What do you learn from the following Bible passages about pride?

    Psalm 10:4

    Proverbs 11:2

    Proverbs 13:10 

    Proverbs 16:18 

    Proverbs 18:12  

    Daniel 4:37 

    Romans 12:16  

    1 Corinthians 13:4  

    James 4:6

  11. If you have access to the book, read chapter 8 of Charles Colson's autobiography Born Again (1977). How did C.S. Lewis's chapter on pride impact Colson's life?

    © 2007 by Allyson Wieland