Mere Christianity is adapted from a series of BBC radio broadcasts from an otherwise obscure Oxford literature professor during the 1940s. Over time, the book has earned universal acclaim as a classic in C. S. Lewis’ career and staple of religious literature.
Combining his deep and extensive classical learning with an easy and familiar style of writing, Lewis explains in learned but plain language the basic principles of what Christians believe, what they should do, and how they can defend their faith.
Though Lewis covers much of the same apologetic ground as writer and theologian G. K. Chesterton, Mere Christianity is most notable for its accessibility. Historian Richard Brookhiser once wrote, “Chesterton addresses a crowd or a rally; Lewis addresses you. Chesterton charts the world; Lewis grasps your lapel.”
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