C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity : A Biography

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The life and times of C. S. Lewis's modern spiritual classic

Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis's eloquent defense of the Christian faith, originated as a series of BBC radio talks broadcast during the dark days of World War Two. Here is the story of the extraordinary life and afterlife of this influential and inspiring book. George Marsden describes how Lewis gradually went from being an atheist to a committed Anglican-famously converting to Christianity in 1931 after conversing into the night with his friends J. R. R. Tolkien and Hugh Dyson-and how his plainspoken case for Christianity went on to become one of the most beloved spiritual books of all time.
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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 25.4mm | 294.84g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 0691202478
  • 9780691202471
  • 1,446,088

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"A superb study of C. S. Lewis's greatest work. Marsden succeeds both in illuminating the success of "Mere Christianity" and enriching our own reading of this seminal work."--Alister McGrath, author of "C. S. Lewis--A Life"

"A significant contribution to Lewis scholarship. No one has surveyed the reception history of "Mere Christianity" as well as Marsden has done here, and given the enduring popularity and influence of the book, this is a task well worth doing."--Alan Jacobs, author of "The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis"

"Though there have been analyses of "Mere Christianity" before, none has been so comprehensive or serious as this one. Marsden has subjected Lewis's book to an assessment more searching and satisfying than anything so far in print."--Michael Ward, University of Oxford, author of "Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis"
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"Books on Lewis abound. Marsden's belongs on the top shelf."--Booklist
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About George M. Marsden

George M. Marsden is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. His books include Fundamentalism and American Culture, Jonathan Edwards: A Life, and The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship.
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