Book Review: Mere Christianity

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Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis’s forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books – The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality – Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis saw as the fundamental truths of the religion. Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, C.S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that “at the centre of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks the same voice.” 

-Goodreads

This is my third C.S. Lewis book, I’ve started reading them and I can’t stop. I know that I should read some newer Christian authors, but for some reason anytime I want to read about God outside of the bible I find myself running for Lewis. I love his views, his metaphors, and his logic. It’s well researched, it’s sound, and it makes me sit back every few chapters because the epiphanies hit me so hard.

Mere Christianity was no different. It’s divided into books that cover different topic. I enjoyed the second and third book the most, because the first felt like a review to someone who was raised Christian and the fourth was theology, and though it was insightful, it wasn’t as smooth to read as the first three books.

After reading this book I can understand why many claim it to be C.S. Lewis’ best christian work. It’s insightful and moving. It tells you what you need to hear in a kind way, and it’s insanely accessible. This book was written for the general audience, both those who were Christian and though who are not, and it walks you through the religion in a soft way, like someone taking your hand and leading you from point to point.

I rate this book five out of five stars, just like rated my personal favorite of C.S. Lewis’, The Problem of Pain.

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