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C.S. Lewis (photo credit: Wikipedia)

C.S. Lewis (photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m working on reading through Ben Corey‘s book Undiluted.  I’m only finished chapter 2 and, in my mind, I’m already comparing it to another similar work.  So far, Ben’s book seems to be aiming to get down to the most distilled, most concentrated, most solid (and undiluted) aspects of this Christian religion, hence the name of the book.  There was a man in the early 20th century who aimed for the same thing in a series of radio talks which were then turned into a book.  I think, so far, Ben’s book is turning into a 21st century version of that older work.

In homage to Ben and to that original thinker, C.S. Lewis, I give a quote here also expressing a part of what Lewis called “Mere” Christianity.

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to

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