Saturday, August 14, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal- A Nonfictional Book



Day 13- A Nonfictional Book

One of my favorite nonfiction books of all time is one that I just reread recently:
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The book, like the title says, is all about "mere" Christianity, or basic Christianity. Lewis does a great job of explain things in a way that could appeal to nonbelievers (as a former atheist himself), but also cause even strong Christians to see difficult concepts through fresh eyes. I love all the great illustrations that he uses to explain hard theological ideas. One of the best quotes from the book (in my opinion) is this:

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

I think it resonates in our culture probably more so than it did in his. Lewis is blunt, but he speaks truth.

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