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  • Christianity agrees with Dualism that this universe is at war. But it does not think this is a war between independent powers. It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in a part of the universe occupied by the rebel.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • To love and admire anything outside yourself is to take one step away from utter spiritual ruin
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • Christianity does not want us to reduce by one atom the hatred we feel for cruelty and treachery. We ought to hate them. Not one word of what we have said about them needs to be unsaid. But it does want us to hate them in the same way in which we hate things in ourselves: being sorry that the man should have done such things, and hoping, if it is anyway possible, that somehow, sometime, somewhere he can be cured and made human again.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")


  • We do know that no person can be saved except through Christ. We do not know that only those who know Him can be saved by Him.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • We might think that God wanted simply obedience to a set of rules: whereas He really wants people of a particular sort.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. ... We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means-the only complete realist.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • We need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger - according to the way you react to it. And we have reacted the wrong way.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • Perhaps my bad temper or my jealousy are gradually getting worse - so gradually that the increase in seventy years will not be very noticeable. But it might be absolute hell in a million years!
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")


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