Book 3 Chapter 1

February 5th, 2013

1. Has the dangerous mistake of classifying morals as ideals already taken place in our legal and political systems?

2. Does the argument presented in “telling ships how to steer” sound similar to James’s discourse about faith being useless without action?

3. How does an eternal perspective change the view point of what needs to be accomplished in the present?

4. How does thinking of morality in person to person, internally, and person to maker readjust your needs to both learn and practice your faith?

Book 2 Chapter 5

February 5th, 2013

1. Explain how the new kind of life adds meaning whereas the ordinary kind of life is mostly mechanics.

2. Why would people be scared of the word authority?

3. Why is the distinction between copying Christ and letting Christ work through you so important?

4. In looking forward to God’s invasion, do we see a little of that in our testimony at present?  At least in the sense that both the enemy and God cannot be in control together of an individual’s life?

Book 2 Chapter 4

January 30th, 2013

1. Distinguish “let us off” from a paid debt.

2. Why is not understanding something completely until you accepted it important?  Is this similar to loving God with your heart before your mind is even able to understand love?

3. Why is believing Christ’s death, resurrection, and ability to wash away our sins more important than having all the theories tacked down as to how it happened?

4. Is his illustration of someone being on the shore and therefore a better candidate for rescuing someone in the current of the water an applicable illustration?

Book 2 Chapter 3

January 30th, 2013

1. Why is free will important?

2. The freer a creature is does it get better, worse, or have the potential of a greater swing?

3. How does wanting to be your own master outside of God show itself to be futile and dangerous?

4. Why can Jesus not be merely a good moral teacher?

Book 2 Chapter 2

January 30th, 2013

1. What is the damage that is done by leaving out the terrible doctrines concerning sin, hell, and the devil?

2. Is this similar to his speech on Men without chests?

3. Why is his comparison of complexity vs neatness significant?

4. How does a standard dissolve the argument of two equal and opposite powers?

Book 2 Chapter 1

January 30th, 2013

1. Are the divisions Lewis speaks of at the beginning of this chapter similar to those he describes in the prelude to The Great Divorce?

2. How did his argument that the universe seemed cruel put his argument against a good God back?

3. What was he forced to assume and why?

Book 1 Chapter 5

January 30th, 2013

1. In what instance in “putting the clock back” actually the intelligent thing to do?

2. How is it that you find out more about God from the moral law than the universe?

3. How does a person getting sick or his situation becoming desperate actually push him to search out meaning?

Book 1 Chapter 4

January 30th, 2013

1. If we can obtain facts by observations and call them laws, do you suppose there are real laws established in a beginning and both the laws and their purposes can be known?

2. What significance does meaning give above and beyond an understanding of the mechanics?

3. What advantage does being a man give us in solving this puzzle?

4. Why is creative evolution so attractive?  Where does it fall short?

Book 1 Chapter 3

January 30th, 2013

1. Distinguish between blame and truth.

2. Is there a difference between what ought to happen and what does?  If so, why is that significant?

3. Distinguish between laws of nature and actual laws.

Book 1 Chapter 2

November 28th, 2012

1. Does the explanation of impulses in terms of music help or hurt?

2. If right and wrong are right and wrong in the same sense as notes in music or steps in dance, then what does this tell us about the one orchestrating it?

3. Which character in the Great Divorce best illustrates the point made here in Mere Christianity about an impulse taken too far?

4. Which character in the Chronicles of Narnia series best illustrates the point made here in Mere Christianity about a real place that is reduced to nothing more than ideas in the person’s mind?