Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity: The 60th Anniversary Gift Edition

  • Oct 23, 2012
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From the publisher: Seventy years ago, C. S. Lewis gave the series of BBC radio lectures that would later become Mere Christianity—one of the most powerful cases ever made for the Christian faith. Now, sixty years after its original publication, we at HarperOne are proud to present a beautiful new …

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Anniversary of Lewis's First Broadcast Talk

  • Aug 11, 2012
  • William O'Flaherty
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If you lived in England in August of 1941, you would have had a front-row seat to a historic broadcast on the BBC. Beginning at 7:45 p.m. on August 6th, C.S. Lewis stepped up to the microphone for fifteen minutes and gave his first talk on the radio. “Right and …

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Lewis's Appealing Christianity

  • May 08, 2012
  • Will Vaus
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How appealing is Lewis’s conception of Christianity as he presents it here? Has it clarified any theological confusions you may have had, or changed your own beliefs about how to live as a Christian? Do you think Lewis’s ideas about virtue and morality can be valuable for non-Christians? The first …

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A Primer on Pride

  • May 04, 2012
  • David Naugle
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Why does Lewis see Pride as the greatest sin, “the utmost evil,” in comparison with which “unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that are mere fleabites”? (p. 110). How does he define Pride and its opposite, Humility? What effect does Pride have on one’s relation to other people, to oneself, …

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Hope Made Certain

  • May 02, 2012
  • Christopher Assenza
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In the chapter on Hope, Lewis makes fun of those who reject the Christian idea of Heaven because they don’t want to spend eternity playing harps. “The answer to such people,” he says, “is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them” (p. …

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C. S. Lewis as Atheist turned Apostle

  • David C. Downing
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In an introduction to a broadcast given on 11 January 1942, which was later deleted from the published text, Lewis explains why he was chosen to give the talks: “…first of all because I’m a layman and not a parson, and consequently it was thought I might understand the ordinary …

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Lewis's Practical Theology

  • Apr 26, 2012
  • Louis Markos
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Lewis wants his theology to have practical uses. In discussing Charity in Mere Christianity, he says: “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did…. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him” (p. 116). The …

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Introducing the Mere Christianity Online Book Club

  • Apr 10, 2012
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The book club will begin Monday, April 9, as an online book club that will take place across Facebook, Twitter and in the comments of this blog. For three weeks, starting Monday, we will post a new discussion topic every few days (with its own hashtag for Twitter) that we …

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Word Pictures for the Word Who Became Flesh

  • Dec 12, 2011
  • David C. Downing
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“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.” That concise statement by the apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 5:19a) has kept theologians busy for nearly two thousand years, trying to understand what exactly is being affirmed in the Christian doctrines of the Incarnation and the Atonement. C. S. Lewis never …

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A Difficult Week

  • Aug 01, 2011
  • Zach Kincaid
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Last week’s readings from A Year with C.S. Lewis focused on several radical commands of Jesus – to love enemies, to love neighbors like ourselves and to forgive as broadly as the east is from the west. In the heat of the summer as Pentecost Sundays meander on in a …

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