Bk IV -- Ch 7 & 8
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Mere Christianity

Book IV
Ch. 7 - Let's Pretend

  1. How do the two opening "pictures" illustrate what Lewis says we need to do next (i.e. what we need to put into practice)?

  2. How is "dressing up as Christ" different from conscience? Think of an example where your conscience would say something is OK, but actually doing so would not be imitating Christ.

  3. In what way is imitating Christ harder than obeying a set of rules? In what way is it easier?

  4. Some of us don't sense an invisible Christ at our side; we are more aware of being helped by other people. According to Lewis, what is really going on when others help us? What are some of the ways in which Christ works? What has been your experience?

  5. How is Christianity more than reading Christ's teachings and attempting to carry them out?

  6. As we are gradually made into "a new little Christ," what two discoveries will we make?

  7. Why does Lewis believe we cannot, by direct moral effort, give ourselves new motives?

  8. How might God "pretend" when he looks at us?

Book IV
Ch. 8 - Is Christianity Hard or Easy?

  1. What does C.S. Lewis consider to be "the whole of Christianity"?

  2. Lewis contrasts "the whole of Christianity" with the ordinary idea of morality that we had before becoming Christians. We have our ordinary self with desires and interests. Morality puts demands on this self. Like a man paying his taxes, we hope that after doing the right things and avoiding the wrong things, the natural self will have a chance to do as it pleases. What are two results of this approach?

  3. How is the Christian way harder? How is it easier? What has your experience been? Consider Luke 9:23 and Matthew 11:28-30.

  4. What is the terrible, almost impossible thing we must do? What do we try to do instead?

  5. When does the real problem of the Christian life begin?  How should we respond?  

  6. What did Jesus mean when he said, "Be ye perfect" (Matthew 5:48)?

  7. According to Lewis, civil government exists to promote and protect the happiness of human beings in this life. Why does the church exist?



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