Mere Christianity  -     By: C.S. Lewis
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Arguably the 20th century's most influential Christian writer, C.S. Lewis sought to explain and defend the beliefs that nearly all Christians at all times hold in common. His simple yet deeply profound classic, originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts, is a book to be thoroughly digested by believers and generously shared with skeptics.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 X .50 (inches)
ISBN: 0060652926
ISBN-13: 9780060652920
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Publisher's Description

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 Bio

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Library Journal

The late Lewis, Oxford professor, scholar, author, and Christian apologist, presents the listener with a case for orthodox Christianity. This is definitely not the shouting, stomping, sweating, spitting televangelist fare so often parodied; Lewis employs logical arguments that are eloquently expressed. He describes those doctrines that the four major denominations in Britain (Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic) would have in common, e.g., original sin, the transcendent Creator God, and the divinity of Jesus as well as his atonement and bodily resurrection. Geoffrey Howard reads both works, and his performance is superb; he is clear and unhurried, giving just the right emphasis and/or inflection. The volume on the Blackstone edition is recorded at a higher level than HarperAudio's. Otherwise there were no perceived differences in the recordings. If your institution can afford it, the Blackstone production would be preferred because of its sturdy case and the announcement of side changes. Whether or not one agrees with Lewis's arguments, it is a pleasure to hear such a skillful reading of an eloquent work. Public libraries as well as institutions that teach religion/theology or speech should consider. Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2001 Library Journal.

Editorial Reviews

“As we witness Lewis develop we find that these volumes are working as a kind of unconscious autobiography.”
“C. S. Lewis understood, like few in the past century, just how deeply faith is both imaginative and rational.”

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    Mercy
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    Thought provoking & inspiring. Puts instinctive beliefs into logical perspective.

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    Excellent, but poorly bound. Good for content only
    December 10, 2013
    Larry
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    The outside page edges were rough, not sheared to make them even. The book, as supplied, looked like the edge of a stack of newspapers. Detective thrillers do better than this.

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    Just read it...slowly.
    October 29, 2013
    reddrum
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    CS Lewis is a brilliant man. Through Mere Christianity God answered some questions I have had since my early twenties. As far as apologetist goes, Lewis is tops.

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    LJHB
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    Thought-provoking and logical, this easy-read convincingly shows the sensibility of the Christian religion.

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    May 22, 2013
    Philip Tutt
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    This book is an "oldie", based on radio talks which the author, a Professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University, gave during World War II. Much has been written about it. It is a genial work, good-natured, good-humored, intellectual (though not heavy-handed), and thoroughly unconvincing. For example, the author makes much of the idea that because generations of persons in disparate cultures share certain basic values of moral behavior, therefore there exists a Moral Law, embodying those values in some fundamental form, which is "outside" of, and independent of human existence. This sort of argument depends on the wholly specious thesis that "subjective" and "objective" are clearly (objectively) distinct, rather than simply (for the purposes of intelligent discourse) usefully distinguishable. Or, for example, the author claims that theology, understood in its classical sense as the study of God, is a useful road map to an understanding of God. This claim ignores the reality that theology is better seen as a history of false starts and dead ends, or a wellspring of religious schism and blood soaked persecution, than as a reliable guide to truth, rather a road map of places to be avoided, than places where the human heart can find, and learn to listen to, the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit. Some readers may find the work useful as a summary of basic Christian doctrine. I do not, although I have no doubt that it will remain a "classic" of apologetics, if only for the engaging style for which the author is so well-known.

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