Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity

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Publisher: Harper-Collins
Publication Year: 2015
ASIN: B002BD2UR0
ISBN: 0060652926

"Mere Christianity" is one of the most well-reasoned, yet unreligious explanations of the faith ever drafted. It was crafted as a series of BBC radio broadcasts in Britain's darkest days of WWII.

About the Book

What we believe will save our souls; but knowing why we believe will enable us to share our faith with others.  When I first read, “Mere Christianity,” I was awed by C.S. Lewis’ ability to explain the Truth in such a remarkably understandable manner.

In the dark days WWII, Britain helplessly endured an air assault that came to be known as “The Blitz.”  The bombing of London continued mercilessly over nine months and terrorized its inhabitants in stretches as long as fifty-seven consecutive days at a time.  In these darkest of times, the BBC asked the renowned theologian, C.S. Lewis, to address the nation on the subject of faith.  The text of these messages came to be known as, “Mere Christianity.”

Mr. Lewis speaks very plainly and directly.  He begins without any assumptions regarding the existence or nature of God.  He makes a very straightforward case for the existence of an innate moral law; each of us knows the nature of sin without ever having to be told.  After carefully building his case, he introduces Jesus as the answer to our moral dilemma.

Favorite Quotation

“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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About the Author
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Clive Staples ("Jack") Lewis or was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898. He was quite gifted academically, holding positions at both Cambridge and Oxford. Although he was an agnostic, Lewis made the acquaintance of a fellow Oxford Christian, named J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien went on to play a significant role in Lewis' conversion, sharing many hours in discussions regarding the faith. In a letter to his friend Arthur Greeves, Jack describes a pivotal conversation, saying "I have just passed on from believing in God to definitely believing in Christ, in Christianity." Lewis went on to be a notable Christian writer and apologist.

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