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Mere Christianity (part 1)

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Lesson

Lewis wants to parlay theological doctrines into dynamic insights and track out their implications for intellectual engagement. He does is with a background of philosophical skill and theological understanding of historic orthodoxy. Instead of arguing about preferences, we need to focus on articulating the doctrines that are universal. Lewis’s ideas are expressed so they can be understood by people not formally trained in philosophy or theology but they have merit in the marketplace of ideas. 

Outline

Mere Christianity (part 1)

I. Meditation

A. Who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15)

B. Do you love me? (John 21:16)

II. Preface of Mere Christianity

 

Book One: Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe

 

III. Starting point is that there is a divine being

A. Our moral awareness

B. Kant’s moral argument

C. C.S. Lewis as a realist

1. Metaphysical realism

2. Epistemological realism

3. Moral realism/p>

4. Theological realism

5. Relationship between realism and myth

6. Depth of Lewis’s arguments

IV. Everyone has a conscience or moral awareness

V. Objections to the moral law

A. Herd instinct

B. Social convention

C. New atheist arguments