Based on four sets of radio talks made by C.S. Lewis between 1942 and 1944, London publisher Geoffrey Bles published Mere Christianity over 65 years ago. While the city was suffering beneath the punishment of periodic bombing runs during WWII, Lewis spoke on religious programs broadcast by the BBC, giving listeners a sense of meaning in a world full of meaningless violence.
Don’t let the title fool you—the resulting book is anything but mere. In fact, Mere Christianity has changed the lives of millions of believers and non-believers, alike, and was voted best book of the twentieth century by Christianity Today in 2000.
Here, Lewis doesn’t present himself as the brilliant scholar—he’s the plain fellow who you’d meet at the pub to chat about a little theology and philosophy. This isn’t stuffy academics—it’s a talk about life with an intimate friend. And that’s why Mere Christianity works so well.
Within its covers, readers will find Lewis’s defense of the Christian faith. He argues for the existence of God, taking readers along the same path that brought him from atheism to Christianity.
If you’re feeling short on faith, or are simply interested in reading one of the best arguments for a Christian worldview, look no further. On these grounds, and more, Lewis provides.