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Mere Christianity

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Published
01/04/2012

Publisher writes

One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, `Mere Christianity' has sold millions of copies worldwide.The book brings together C.S. Lewis's legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to `explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times'.Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, `Mere Christianity' provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

Author Information

C. S. Lewis

Born in Ireland in 1898, Clive Staples Lewis gained a triple First at Oxford and was Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College from 1925-54, where he was a contemporary of Tolkien. In 1954 he became Professor of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge. C. S. Lewis was for many years an atheist, until his conversion, memorably described in his autobiography `Surprised by Joy': "I gave in, and admitted that God was God ... perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." He is celebrated for his famous series of children's books, the Narnia Chronicles (which have been filmed and broadcast many times), as well as his literary criticism and science fiction. C. S. Lewis died on 22nd November 1963.

Judges' and contributors' comments

Malcolm Guite: It is a hugely influential book.

William Whyte: I have to say I find Lewis very off-putting. The historian Hugh Trevor-Roper described him as ‘a man who combines the face and figure of a hog-reeve with the mind and thought of a desert father of the 5th century, preoccupied with meditations of inelegant theological obscenity’. I’m not sure he was wholly wrong. Even as a child, I was suspicious of the way in which he tried to smuggle theology into Narnia. But there’s no doubting that this sort of stuff does work for some people. It’s an important book, even if I don’t like it.

Reader comments

Ben

08 February 2015 @ 00:42

Very helpful book, even today!

Phil from Downunder

23 December 2014 @ 10:59

I have to disagree with w Whyte and Sylvia. I reread this book every 3-5 years and still get new things out of it. Many of us feel that CS Lewis is able to bring an Einstein - like creativity and novel, deep intellectual revealing to great Christian truths.

Sylvia

11 October 2014 @ 08:49

Recently reread this. It is a historical curiousity which spoke to a male middle class reader at a particular time. Not useful today.

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