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(from the original dust jacket leaf) In Christian Behaviour the noted author of The Screwtape Letters discusses the value of true morality and challenges men to try to live satisfactorily without it. The book is based on a series of broadcast talks given recently in England over the B.B.C., considerably revised and enlarged. It is a companion volume to The Case for (from the original dust jacket leaf) In Christian Behaviour the noted author of The Screwtape Letters discusses the value of true morality and challenges men to try to live satisfactorily without it. The book is based on a series of broadcast talks given recently in England over the B.B.C., considerably revised and enlarged. It is a companion volume to The Case for Christianity, recently published, which was also based on broadcast talks. Seventy-seven thousand copies of this book have already been printed in England where it has been enthusiastically reviewed. "This book is packed with intelligence," says the News-Chronicle, for example, and the English press has been uniformly favorable. Readers of The Screwtape Letters will welcome this new book by the same author.


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(from the original dust jacket leaf) In Christian Behaviour the noted author of The Screwtape Letters discusses the value of true morality and challenges men to try to live satisfactorily without it. The book is based on a series of broadcast talks given recently in England over the B.B.C., considerably revised and enlarged. It is a companion volume to The Case for (from the original dust jacket leaf) In Christian Behaviour the noted author of The Screwtape Letters discusses the value of true morality and challenges men to try to live satisfactorily without it. The book is based on a series of broadcast talks given recently in England over the B.B.C., considerably revised and enlarged. It is a companion volume to The Case for Christianity, recently published, which was also based on broadcast talks. Seventy-seven thousand copies of this book have already been printed in England where it has been enthusiastically reviewed. "This book is packed with intelligence," says the News-Chronicle, for example, and the English press has been uniformly favorable. Readers of The Screwtape Letters will welcome this new book by the same author.

30 review for Christian Behaviour

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christiana Johnson

    The title of “Christian Behavior” makes this book sound like a compilation of rules and checklists. In fact, it is the opposite. Lewis argues that recognizing our own bankruptcy and dependency on Christ is when we begin to become the sort of creatures (not checklists) God intended us to be. In true Lewis fashion, the author argues that we must do things which we don’t feel like doing to follow Christ; thus, this isn’t a book of feel-good mantras or permission to do nothing. Christianity is a The title of “Christian Behavior” makes this book sound like a compilation of rules and checklists. In fact, it is the opposite. Lewis argues that recognizing our own bankruptcy and dependency on Christ is when we begin to become the sort of creatures (not checklists) God intended us to be. In true Lewis fashion, the author argues that we must do things which we don’t feel like doing to follow Christ; thus, this isn’t a book of feel-good mantras or permission to do nothing. Christianity is a paradox of discipline and rest which seems counterintuitive; something I have often tried to explain to others and myself. Once again, Lewis does a phenomenal job of putting into words a concept which often escapes my capability of doing so. This is a great, quick (70 pages) read which has left me assured of the Gospel and motivated me towards obedience.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kent Raymond

    My third CS Lewis book in as many months. Lucky for me another short volume as the philosophical, moral and ethical based content makes for ponderous reading and review. I give this three stars. Published in 1943, the social norms and examples of the time make it dated. But mostly because it was over ambitious in attempting to cover too much territory. As a result, it was not as profound and as complete of a treatment as the one subject of love in Four Loves and the narrow scope treated in My third CS Lewis book in as many months. Lucky for me another short volume as the philosophical, moral and ethical based content makes for ponderous reading and review. I give this three stars. Published in 1943, the social norms and examples of the time make it dated. But mostly because it was over ambitious in attempting to cover too much territory. As a result, it was not as profound and as complete of a treatment as the one subject of love in Four Loves and the narrow scope treated in Beyond Personality. Nevertheless, still many profound and pithy comments worth quoting even today.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josep Marti

    Having come back to these essays for the second time has been an amazing experience. In a very short book, Lewis is able to summarize the Christian life and to explore both the difficulties and the rewards it brings.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Nyakora

    With precise and clear articulation of ideas, Lewis, presents a much needed treatise in this conflicting age or relative truth and relative morality. He stirs the Christian witness from weakness into courageous living of the Christian calling.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tim Jack

    Immensely practical and concise. Reading this after finishing Aristotle’s Ethics was very helpful; part of Lewis’s success is communicating Aristotelian virtue ethics to a contemporary audience.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Essam

    mere Christianity lite mere Christianity lite 😂

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    + ~ Het interessante onderwerp: over karakterontwikkeling en moraal. ~ Eerste non-fictie boek dat ik van C.S. Lewis lees buiten Narnia ~ Het zien van parallellen tussen Narnia en zijn visie op moraal/ethiek en de wereld ~ Het einde leek ook een beetje op het einde van het laatste boek van Narnia (en was ook mooi!) ~ Sommige stukken zijn verrassend actueel. ~ Er stonden mooie quotes en doordenkertjes in. ~ Vond het hoofdstuk over 'Pride' ook best wel een eye-opener. ~ Hij gebruikt goede voorbeelden om + ~ Het interessante onderwerp: over karakterontwikkeling en moraal. ~ Eerste non-fictie boek dat ik van C.S. Lewis lees buiten Narnia ~ Het zien van parallellen tussen Narnia en zijn visie op moraal/ethiek en de wereld ~ Het einde leek ook een beetje op het einde van het laatste boek van Narnia (en was ook mooi!) ~ Sommige stukken zijn verrassend actueel. ~ Er stonden mooie quotes en doordenkertjes in. ~ Vond het hoofdstuk over 'Pride' ook best wel een eye-opener. ~ Hij gebruikt goede voorbeelden om zijn visie uit te leggen. ~ Hij schrijft nuchter, heel down-to-earth. -: ~ Het origineel komt uit 1954 geloof ik. Sommige stukken zijn gedateerd. ~Het zijn losse essays, die bij elkaar zijn gevoegd. Er had iets meer aandacht besteed kunnen worden aan de structuur en samenhang. ~ Hij is niet altijd even duidelijk over zijn bronnen. Hij filosofeert ook veel zelf bij elkaar. Kritisch blijven lezen dus. ~ En als laatste: de titel is wel een beetje suf :). Eindoordeel: Interessant en hij had een fijne schrijfstijl. Ik ga meer non-fictie van hem lezen. 4 sterren.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angela Blount

    My second-favorite of the works from the essay collection that makes up Mere Christianity. "One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up." In the process of writing something distinctly apologetic, Lewis is decidedly unapologetic in his explanations of the key Christian doctrines and directives regarding social morality. He acknowledges the strident lack of popularity certain teachings have amid the culture My second-favorite of the works from the essay collection that makes up Mere Christianity. "One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up." In the process of writing something distinctly apologetic, Lewis is decidedly unapologetic in his explanations of the key Christian doctrines and directives regarding social morality. He acknowledges the strident lack of popularity certain teachings have amid the culture of his time without bending to such fickle pressures, and he is quick to denounce the petty points of discord found among so many of the Christian denominations. In short, the man was far more interested in what God thought of him than he was in acquiring the approval of men. "...We grow up surrounded by propaganda in favor of unchastity. There are people who want to keep our sex instinct inflamed in order to make money out of us. Because, of course, a man with an obsession is a man who has very little sales-resistance." I actually found it brave of him to address the concept of Christian marriage in one of his essays, as he is up-front with the fact that--at the time that he wrote it--he'd yet to experience marriage for himself. (He would of course marry late in life to a cancer-inflicted woman to whom he was deeply devoted--having precious few years to put his convictions into practice.) "And, of course, the promise, made when I am in love and because I am in love, to be true to the beloved as long as I live, commits me to being true even if I cease to be in love. A promise must be about things I can do, about actions: no one can promise to go on feeling a certain way. He might as well promise never to have a headache or always to feel hungry."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    I thought this little book was actually quite good, very informative, and excellent advice. His take on what it means to be a Christian is quite different from the usual behaviour we see modeled by those who most loudly profess to be paragons of virtue. I don't profess to be a Christian myself, but I would consider this book to be one of many valuable references for how to best to live the life of a bodhisattva.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    Lewis's reflections on morality are timeless, but his reflections on theology are very poor and should be read with caution and discernment. He himself admitted that he was not a theologian, and so readers of Lewis should read with their eyes opened to that fact.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Q Miles

    "...love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Justin Poe

    I bought an original second printing of this book from 1944. Classic C.S. Lewis thoughts on Christian living. A small book of 70 pages that I believe was originally given in weekly addresses.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anndrea

    Brilliant as always.

  14. 4 out of 5

    KIERAN

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Gillespie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tara Starr bishop

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Wong

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rusty

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris Heitzig

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Philip

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tabin Lyatosh

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tara Starr bishop

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lancelot Schaubert

  26. 5 out of 5

    Simmonsmry

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Campton

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Cox

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marinde

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