C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity : a biography / George M. Marsden. [print]Material type: TextSeries: Lives of great religious booksPublication details: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press,  Description: viii, 264 pages ; 21 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780691153735; 0691153736Subject(s): Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963. Mere Christianity | Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 -- Religion | Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 | Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963. Mere Christianity | Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 -- Religion | Mere Christianity (Lewis, C. S.) | 1900-1999 | Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Christianity and literature | Authors, English | Christianity and literature | Religion | Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Christianity and literatureGenre/Form: Biographies. | Biography. LOC classification: PR6023.M377.M474 2016
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War service ; Broadcast talks ; Loved or hated ; A classic as afterthought ; Into the evangelical orbit ; Many-sided Mere Christianity ; Critiques ; The lasting vitality of Mere Christianity ; Changes in Mere Christianity compared to the original three books.
"Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis's eloquent and winsome 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 much-beloved 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 Lewis delivered his wartime talks to a traumatized British nation in the midst of an all-out war for survival. Marsden recounts how versions of those talks were collected together in 1952 under the title Mere Christianity, and how the book went on to become one of the most widely read presentations of essential Christianity ever published, particularly among American evangelicals. He examines its role in the conversion experiences of such figures as Charles Colson, who read the book while facing arrest for his role in the Watergate scandal. Marsden explores its relationship with Lewis's Narnia books and other writings, and explains why Lewis's plainspoken case for Christianity continues to have its critics and ardent admirers to this day. With uncommon clarity and grace, Marsden provides invaluable new insights into this modern spiritual classic"--Publisher's website.