C.S. Lewis on Faith and Works


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The C.S. Lewis Bible: For Reading, Reflection, and Inspiration (Zondervan, 2021) features readings composed of selections from bestselling author C.S. Lewis’ celebrated spiritual classics including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, The Weight of Glory, and The Abolition of Man, as well as letters, poetry, fiction, and Lewis’ less-familiar works.

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Following is a reflection taken from the Bible for James 2:14–26

No Faith Without Works

C.S. LewisChristians have often disputed as to whether what leads the Christian home is good actions, or Faith in Christ. I have no right really to speak on such a difficult question, but it does seem to me like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary. A serious moral effort is the only thing that will bring you to the point where you throw up the sponge. Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair at that point: and out of that Faith in Him good actions must inevitably come. —from Mere Christianity

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