Brand : C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity

Charles runels md |

Better to be a prostitute than a prig...

One of the most insightful passages that i have ever read about sex is in this book. i cannot add to the many comments about the book as whole; but i think that lewis's insight into sex should be noted. lewis says, "when an adolescent or an adult is engaged in resisting a conscious desire, he is not dealing with a repression nor is he in the least danger of creating a repression. on the contrary, those who are seriously attempting chastity are more conscious, and soon know a great deal more about their own sexuality than anyone else. they come to know their desires as wellington knew napoleon, or as sherlock holmes knew mariarty; as a rat-catcher knows rats or a plumber knows about leaky pipes. virtue--even attempted virtue--brings light; indulgence brings fog." this idea that chastity helps one know sexuality in the way a rat-catcher knows rats helps explain what thoreau was saying in walden when he called chastity the beginning of genius and heroism. it's what freud was talking about when he talked about leonardo da vinci transmuting sexual energy into genius. virtue--even attempted virtue--brings light. as a physician, i know the intimate details of the lives of thousands of people and i know no perfect people. but, i know many people who have more light by simply making a serious attempt at virtue (more light in their quest for better sex and more light in other arenas). the connection between sexuality and spirituality is complicated but direct and profound. when understood, this connection offers a way to both deeper spiritual and sexual relations. i'm not sure that i completely understand it yet (after studying that connection for 30 years) but this book (in chapter 5: sexual morality) offers important clues. having counseled thousands of women and having treated them medically, i have found that real virtue (not the fake stuff) does bring clarity and the most sexual and skilled women are often the most virtuous. the over indulged frequently suffer with difficulty with orgasm and depression and forms of self abuse. here's another one of my favorite passages: "finally, though i have had to speak at some length about sex, i want to make it as clear as i possibly can that the centre of christian morality is not here...the sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. all the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the worng, of bossing and patronizsing and spoiling sport, and back-biting; the pleasures of power, of hatred. for there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which i must try to become. they are the animal self and the diabolical self. the diabolical self is the worse of the two. that is why a cold, self-righteious prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. but, of course, it is better to be neither." i have attended (as physician) prostitutes and am a friend to women who have worked in the sex business--some as prostitutes. i've found the mark left by work in the sex industry usually leaves a woman with a hard shell but very tender and forgiving heart. while the fluffy woman on the front seat at churh will sometimes have a soft shell and very hard and unforgiving heart. i would agree with lewis that the prostitute is nearer to heaven than the prig. i'm sorry if this review sounds preachy. i don't mean to try and expain what lewis explains so eloquently in his book. but, as someone who has treated thousands for sexual dysfunction, as the author of what is presently the best selling sex manual on amazon, i thought i might hopefully write a note to encourage more people to pay attention to lewis's chapter on sexual morality. peace & health, charles runels, md

Hayward a. verdun |

The best christian book - after the bible!

Never part from the bible, of course, but if you want insights from a brilliant mind on practical christian living, look no further. this book has relevance to every christian and deserves a place on any believer's shelf.

Amazon customer |

Why christianity?

A major book by the most acknowledged christian author of the 20th century, c. s.lewis. if you are curious about 'why christianity? ' or possess a desire to restore and strengthen your faith, mere christianity is a must read.