Why ‘Mere Christianity’ Won’t Go Out of Style

Dan DeWitt | April 1, 2016


It’s the book that crushed a political hatchet man, led a world-renowned scientist to faith, and robbed a prideful entrepreneur of billions of dollars. The politician was Chuck Colson of the famed Watergate scandal; the scientist was Francis Collins, nominated by President Obama as director of the National Institutes of Health; and the businessman was Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza.

And the book with such transformational power to point them all to Christ was an edited collection of wartime talks by an Oxford don nicknamed Jack.

Originally published in 1952, C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity has taken on a life of its own. The book remains favored among Christians and challenged by skeptics. In other words, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Biography of a Book

That’s why it makes perfect sense that George Marsden, professor of history emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, has authored a biography not so much of Lewis, but of his powerhouse publication that’s now sold more than 3.5 million copies in English alone.

In C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography, Marsden provides an insightful historical sketch of Mere Christianity, giving attention to the life of its author, the decade-long process of its publication, and…


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