Mere Christianity Archive

Atheists and the Quest for Objective Morality

In a recent documentary entitled Collision, leading atheist Christopher Hitchens and Christian theologian and pastor Douglas Wilson go on the road to discuss and debate this question: “Is Christianity good for the world?” It is a fascinating discourse covering a host of issues, but one theme continues to emerge throughout the narrative: whether atheism can […]

Can Morality Be Based in Our “Selfish” Evolutionary Past?

Christians argue that the existence of universal and objective morality is evidence for the existence of God. C. S. Lewis provides a classic example of this argument in Mere Christianity.1 In The God Delusion, however, Richard Dawkins of Oxford University claims that morality is grounded in evolution and that a person can be moral without […]

Good Philosophy Must Exist

Not long after the advent of World War II, C. S. Lewis delivered a message wherein he said, “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”1 But was C. S. Lewis, the popular writer of works such as Mere Christianity and the Narnia series, a philosopher? Not […]

Atheists and the Quest for Objective Morality

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume33, number 2(2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://journal.equip.org. SYNOPSIS Atheists often argue that they can make moral claims and live good moral lives without believing in God. Many theists agree, but the real issue is whether atheism […]

Finding Faith through Fiction

The mixing of philosophy or theology with fictional literature is certainly not a novel idea. British thinker C. S. Lewis used this technique with flair. While he showed his deep thinking with Mere Christianity, Lewis also penned The Chronicles of Narnia, the children’s series that introduced many to the story of Christ’s redemption. In a […]

Addressing the Problem of Evil

This article first appeared in the Effective Evangelism column of the Christian Research Journal, volume32, number4 (2009). One of the toughest challenges to the rationality of the Christian worldview is the existence of so much evil. We struggle to explain and cope with evils due to human agency (theft, rape, murder, racism) and evils due […]

Philosophical Problems With Moral Relativism

Summary In moral debate in the United States today, many people resort to moral relativism. They argue that there are no objective moral values which help us to determine what is right or wrong. They claim “everything is relative.” In order to defend this position, the relativist puts forth two arguments: (1) Since people and […]