Why C.S. Lewis’ ‘Mere Christianity’ Still Speaks Today

A religious work with no expiration date.

by Lesli White

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” –C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis’ eloquent and winsome defense of the Christian faith originated as a series of BBC radio talks broadcast during the dark days of World War II. Those talks, which were collected together in 1952 to form a book, would become one of the most widely read presentations of essential Christianity every published. Decades after the end of World War II, the book is not only beloved, but extraordinarily influential. Here we explore why C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” still speaks today…
 

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