Mere Christianity By C. S. Lewis Essay
In a chapter entitled, “The Three Parts of Morality,” Lewis suggests that one part of morality is the “tidying up” of one’s self on the inside, in other words, to “first clean the inside of the cup” (Matthew 23:25-28, New International Version). Further, in the chapter I wish to discuss “Nice People or New Men,” Lewis asserts that this process requires not merely changing one’s behavior, but transformation into new creations.
Lewis’s argument may be summed up with the rather rough analogy: No one is born morally perfect. Morally speaking, all are in a pit and need to climb up a ladder to get out. Some, through no special ability of their own, start higher on the ladder than others do—a position given only by the gifting of God. The difficulty that arises, however, is that we are not creatures who have arms, hands, and legs with which to be able to climb a ladder. For instance, A horse cannot climb a ladder, and, as it is an exceedingly deep pit, will be unable to climb out, Lewis (1952) writes,
God became a man to turn creatures into sons: not…