A Taste of the Classics: Mere Christianity

In the series, we’re excerpting summaries Ken Boa has produced over the years on classic works of literature. See the first post for a list of 16 classics every Christian should know.


[lead]The material contained in C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity was originally a series of radio messages aired by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) during World War II.[/lead]

His first broadcasts, which aired in 1942–43, included The Case for Christianity and Christian Behavior. Beyond Personality was heard in 1944. These three works were combined later into the book Mere Christianity.

By the term “mere Christianity” Lewis was referring to the essence of Christianity rather than to its denominational manifestations … the beliefs that Christians share in common.

By the term “mere Christianity” Lewis was referring to the essence of Christianity rather than to its denominational manifestations. The term implies that there are particular biblical doctrines that distinguish Christianity. Lewis deals with basic, creedal orthodoxy—those essential elements revealed in Scripture and condensed in the great affirmations of the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. Lewis seeks to

A Taste of the Classics: Mere Christianity