Wednesday, September 4, 2019
C.S. Lewis Book, Mere Christianity :: essays research papers
C.S. Lewis' Book, Ã¢â¬Å"Mere ChristianityÃ¢â¬ C.S. Lewis begins his book, Ã¢â¬Å"Mere ChristianityÃ¢â¬ , by introducing the Law of Right and Wrong or the Laws of Nature. This, however, arises a question. What is the Law of Nature? The Law of Nature is the known difference between right and wrong. That is, mans distinction between what is right and what is wrong. Ã¢â¬Å"This law was called the Law of Nature because people thought that everyone knew it and did not need to be taught itÃ¢â¬ (18). Lewis relates the law to how we treat others. We treat others the way we want to be treated and if they treat us poorly in return we become agitated and annoyed with them. He states that we become a society of excuses when something goes wrong. He goes on to say that we want to behave in a certain way when in reality we do the opposite of what is right or what is wrong. We are humans and humans have primal instincts. We are all capable of using our instincts to do right or wrong. Lewis uses an example of a drowning man to prove this poi nt. When one sees a man in trouble two desires or instincts kick into play, to save the man or ignore him because the situation at hand could endanger you. However, there in another impulse that says help the man. With this comes a conflict of instincts. Do you run and forget about it or do you jump in and help. Most people will help even if the situation is going to endanger their life. This is just one way of seeing moral law. The right in a situation will mostly always prevail over the wrong. Ã¢â¬Å"Men ought to be unselfish, ought to be fair. Not that men are selfish, nor that they like being unselfish, but they ought to beÃ¢â¬ (30). We are creatures of habit and logic. Lewis believes that the moral law is not taught to us rather known by us instinctively. He also believes that the law is real. The law is our behaviors in life via good or bad. Lewis states, Ã¢â¬Å"there is something above and beyond the ordinary facts of menÃ¢â¬â¢s behaviorÃ¢â¬ (30). This opens Lewis to be lieve that the natural law is both alive and active in mans life today. Lewis goes on to say that the law must be something above mans behavior. He begins to relate this to the creation of the world.