Lewis's Mere Christianity: A Biography
Mere Christianity , C. S. Lewis's eloquent and winsome defense of the Christian faith, originated as a series of BBC radio talks broadcast during the dark days of World War Two. Here is the story of the extraordinary life and...
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Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis's eloquent and winsome defense of the Christian faith, originated as a series of BBC radio talks broadcast during the dark days of World War Two. Here is the story of the extraordinary life and afterlife of this influential and much-beloved book.
George Marsden describes how Lewis gradually went from being an atheist to a committed Anglican--famously converting to Christianity in 1931 after conversing into the night with his friends J. R. R. Tolkien and Hugh Dyson--and how Lewis delivered his wartime talks to a traumatized British nation in the midst of an all-out war for survival. Marsden recounts how versions of those talks were collected together in 1952 under the title Mere Christianity, and how the book went on to become one of the most widely read presentations of essential Christianity ever published, particularly among American evangelicals. He examines its role in the conversion experiences of such figures as Charles Colson, who read the book while facing arrest for his role in the Watergate scandal. Marsden explores its relationship with Lewis's Narnia books and other writings, and explains why Lewis's plainspoken case for Christianity continues to have its critics and ardent admirers to this day.
With uncommon clarity and grace, Marsden provides invaluable new insights into this modern spiritual classic.
George M. Marsden (Ph.D., Yale University)is Francis A. McAnaney Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame, is currently a scholar in residence at Calvin College. Among his many books is the full-length biography Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale 2003), which received nine awards, including the Bancroft Prize in history and the Grawemeyer Award in religion. He has also written books, including The Soul of the American University; Fundamentalism and American Culture; Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism; Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism and A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards
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- Introduction 1 Chapter 1 War Service 19 Chapter 2 Broadcast Talks 35 Chapter 3 Loved Or Hated 58 Chapter 4 A Classic As Afterthought 84 Chapter 5 Into The Evangelical Orbit 97 Chapter 6 Many-sided Mere Christianity 116 Chapter 7 Critiques 139 Chapter 8 The Lasting Vitality Of Mere Christianity 153 Appendix Changes In Mere Christianity Compared To The Original Three Books 189 Acknowledgments 193