Analysis Of The Book ' Three Of Mere Christianity ' By C.s. Lewis

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Book three of Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, commences by discussing moral rules, which are directions for the good human life. Moral ideals may be preferences, but are not moral obedience or aiming for high morals. Morality is concerned about three things; first, fair play and harmony between individuals; second, cleaning up and improving or harmonizing the things inside each individual and third, the general purpose of human life, what we are made for, what the inventor/creator wants. Modern people think in the first way and lose the other two. Lewis next discusses cardinal or pivotal virtues which include Prudence, Temperance, Justice and Fortitude. Prudence means practical common sense and wisdom, Temperance is not abstaining, but moderation, restraint, going far enough, but not too far, Justice means fairness, honesty, truthfulness, keeping promises and Fortitude includes courage, facing danger and resolving and enduring pain or hardship. The next chapter is fairly short, but Lewis talks about social morality. Basically, this chapter states that Christianity is not a political machine or program and that it is about religious affairs which impact social matters. Chapter four is another short chapter, but this one discusses morality and psychoanalysis. Christian morality is a technique for putting the human machine right. Psychoanalysis, on one hand, is about medical theories and techniques of therapists which are not necessarily incompatible with Christianity. On the…

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