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Mere Christianity


Mere Christianity is the most popular of C. S. Lewis’s works of nonfiction, with several million copies sold worldwide.

Heard first as radio addresses and then published as three separate books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality this book brings together Lewis’s legendary broadcast talks of the war years.

It talks in which he set out simply to “explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.”

 

 

November,29 1898 – November,22 1963

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast Ireland to his father Albert and his mother Florence, he had one brother whose name was Warren. At the age of four his dog Jacksie got ran over by a car and he made an announcement to everyone that his name was now going to be Jacksie. Later on in life he accepted the name Jack and was often referred to by that name.

CS Lewis studied at Wynyard School in his early years and later attended Campbell College which was located a short distance from his home. In 1913 he enrolled in Malvern College and it was during this time he renounced his Christian upbringing and became an atheist.

As a young boy CS Lewis enjoyed the Beatrix Potter series and soon found himself writing and illustrating his own books.

CS Lewis joined the British Army during World War I and became a commissioned officer. He was later wounded during the Battle of Arras but soon recovered and was sent back to England, where he spent the rest of the war.

Even though he announced he was an atheist at the age of 15, by the age of 33 he had returned to his Christian faith with great joy. As a young boy one of the strongest arguments for atheism was a quote by Lucretius and it went something like this.

"Had God designed the world, it would not be a world so frail and faulty as we see."

Some of the people that CS Lewis admired were J. R. Tolkien and W. B. Yeats.

CS Lewis died at his house while suffering from long term illness.

Aldous Huxley, John F. Kennedy and CS Lewis died on the same day November 22, 1963.

 

I have not read any of CS Lewis's books but I got great pleasure out of The Chronicles of Narnia. I watched the first movie that was released and loved it. What a great storyteller and great man.