From the Elder’s Desk: Mere Christianity

Monthly Reading Recommendation
December 2015

Mere Christianity
by C. S. Lewis

From Our Elders:
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), a prolific writer and educator, is considered one of the foremost thinkers of our age. Some of his thirty plus works include The Screwtape Letters, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, and his world famous, The Chronicles of Narnia, now a celebrated movie series. Lewis’ resume includes serving as a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University and Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University. His works have been translated into over 30 languages and sold millions of copies. He was born in Belfast, Ireland, the son of a solicitor, and lost his mother at the young age of ten. When his dog “Jacksie” was killed by an automobile, he took the name for his own. Later, “Jacksie,” turned to “Jack” and his close family and friends called him by that name. He served in WWI and after being wounded by shrapnel, returned home to Belfast and a writer’s life. His radio broadcasts during WWII helped to lift the spirits and solidify the faith and resolve of the British people. Lewis’ efforts were praised by Winston Churchhill.

Very much a poet and fascinated by anthropomorphic animal stories, he was a fan of the Breatrix Potter animal stories causing Lewis to focus his creative writing talents on similar ventures. Thus, the Narnia series of books. After several changes in schools as a young man, and dissatisfaction with his Christian faith, he became an atheist interested in mythology (especially Norse) and the occult while registering at Malvern College and later he won a scholarship to Oxford in England.

In his book, Mere Christianity, Lewis provides his readers with a rational, logical, and effective case for the Christian faith. He was born into an Irish Anglican faith that he rejected at age fifteen, saying that he was “very gantry with God for not existing.” Due to the sectarian and religious upheaval and violence in Ireland while Lewis lived there, it is felt by some historians that this contributed to his more ecumenical flavor of Christianity.

Even so, Mere Christianity is an excellent work that takes on the nature of humans and their inability to hold to a standard of morality, and just where humans get the standard or absolutes to establish more behavior. His search for truth leads him to a quest for and understanding of the character and nature of God and how humans fit into God’s plan. Like a skilled medical examiner, Lewis dissects the various aspects of the Christian faith and walk, in a common sense and logical manner. You will enjoy this adventure with C. S. “Jack” Lewis since many of his questions about the nature of God and man are common to us all.

Paul Davies

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