Summary of book Mere Christianity





In evaluating Christian behavior, Lewis refers to what God expects of human, as Christians. Christians. As the chapter commences, there is a simple definition of God as an individual prying to see what people are doing. This means that He corrects what is not morally right. God expects humans to obey, act morally and love each other, in addition to having faith. God judges individuals based on the moral choices they settle on. Christians will face many challenges and temptations, which God understands and He will judge people based on their sincere perseverance. The chapter intends to depict that God is always present in every deed that we undertake.


Lewis employs reality to explain what moral rules are. He notes that in reality, moral laws are directions on operating the human machine. Each moral law is available to stop a collapse, damage or friction in the operation of the machine. It is impossible to avoid rules in real life, as they are apparent in every aspect. For instance, when learning how to operate a machine, there must be rules to follow. In the similar manner, Christians must be ready to accept the reality that becoming Christians means adhering to moral rules.


By using the cardinal virtues, Lewis explains what is expected of humanity. Christians need to apply these virtues in ensuring their morality as Christians. The virtues are prudence it refers to practical common sense, where individuals take the initiative to contemplate on their actions and consequences. Temperance evaluates all human pleasures and their pursuit. This means avoiding what is wrong, and not judging others who do things personally considered incorrect. Justice refers to the old phrase for referring to fairness. It entails truthfulness, meeting promises among others aspects. Last is the virtue of fortitude entailing the courage to face peril. Lewis concludes on virtues by noting the relevance in training the human soul to exercise virtues (Lewis 60-63).

Moral order/Ethics

Lewis notes that morality comprises of three sections. The initial section involves the association amid human beings, which is the section of morality most individuals contemplate. Second, the inner being referring to a person’s personal care, which the author compares to an ocean-sailing ship and the proper running of its engines, as well as all factors making the craft seaworthy. Third, morality comprises the association amid an individual and the authority, which made the person. Lewis supposes the challenge with morality is because most persons merely ponder on the first section, their relation with one another. A widespread rationale is that if an individual does not harm the other, the questionable conduct in ethical. (Lewis 56-59)


Lewis states that diverse sets of Christians have two truth parodies. These truths are concerning the dispute amid Christians on if what direct Christianity is good deeds or faith. One set assumes that good deeds, the best being charity, is all that matters. Lewis corrects the notion of good deeds when done for the reason that it is possible to buy heaven seizes to become good, rather commercial assumptions. Second is the set that supposes faith is all that matters in Christianity. The truth, according to Lewis is that unless our faith entails consideration of what God commands, then it fails to be faith, instead is rational recognition of some hypothesis about God.

Work Cited

Lewis, C S. Mere Christianity. S.l: HarperCollins, 2009.Internet resource.