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By George M. Marsden

Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis's eloquent and winsome safety of the Christian religion, originated as a chain of BBC radio talks broadcast through the darkish days of global conflict . this is the tale of the extreme lifestyles and afterlife of this influential and much-beloved book.

George Marsden describes how Lewis steadily went from being an atheist to a dedicated Anglican—famously changing to Christianity in 1931 after speaking into the evening along with his acquaintances J. R. R. Tolkien and Hugh Dyson—and how Lewis brought his wartime talks to a traumatized British country in the course of an all-out battle for survival. Marsden recounts how models of these talks have been accrued jointly in 1952 below the identify Mere Christianity, and the way the e-book went directly to turn into essentially the most greatly learn shows of crucial Christianity ever released, really between American evangelicals. He examines its position within the conversion reviews of such figures as Charles Colson, who learn the e-book whereas dealing with arrest for his position within the Watergate scandal. Marsden explores its dating with Lewis's Narnia books and different writings, and explains why Lewis's plainspoken case for Christianity keeps to have its critics and ardent admirers to this day.

With unusual readability and beauty, Marsden presents worthy new insights into this contemporary religious classic.

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