Bk III -- Ch 11 & 12
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Mere Christianity

Book III
Ch. 11 - Faith [part 1]

  1. Christians use the word "faith" in two senses (or on two levels). In the first sense, faith means _____________________. 

    In the second sense, faith means____________________________. (Lewis talks more about the second one in ch. 12.)

  2. How does Lewis define faith?  

    Compare his definition with the one found in Hebrews 11:1.  

    Do you have another definition of "faith" that you heard somewhere or came up with on your own?

  3. How does Lewis use the analogy of anesthesia and surgery to illustrate the workings of faith and the human mind?

  4. List some situations where emotions can carry out a blitz against a person's faith.

  5. What does Lewis caution about moods?

  6. In what ways must we "train the habit of faith"?

  7. What do we learn by attempting to practice Christian virtues? Consider Romans 3:20-23; Galatians 2:16 and 3:21-24.

  8. What is the ultimate source of all our faculties, skills, and abilities? Consider Deuteronomy 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 4:7.


Book III
Ch. 12 - Faith [part 2]

  1. What does God care about even more than our actions?

  2. A person who is not in right relation to God may think of God as:   



  3. How does a person get in right relation to God?

  4. In what way is the road back to God one of moral effort? In what way is it one of giving up on trying harder?

  5. Once we have handed ourselves over to Christ, what is our new way of obedience?

  6. Lewis describes two extremes of the "faith in Christ" vs. "good actions" debate. What is the flaw with the view that good actions are all that matters? What is the flaw with the view that faith is all that matters? Consider James 2:14-26 and Ephesians 2:8-10.

    © 2007 Allyson Wieland