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2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of C. S. Lewis’s classic, Mere Christianity. Having sold over half a million copies in the UK alone, his overview of Christianity has been imitated many times, but never outdone. The book is comprised of the legendary radio talks which he gave during the war years.

Mere Christianity brings together Lewis’s legendary broadcasts from the war years; talks in which he set out simply to ‘"explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times."

Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, C. S. Lewis provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith. This scintillating collection confirms C. S. Lewis’s reputation as one of the leading writers and thinkers of our age.

©2012 C. S. Lewis (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"He has quite a unique power for making theology an attractive, exciting, and fascinating quest." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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Logical and hard to argue with.

C.S Lewis gives such a logical progression of thought in this book that even as a believer, I'm even more convinced. I'd recommend this for anyone beginning a search for truth and for anyone who just wants to understand their faith better.

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Practical & thoughtful defence of Christianity

Perhaps Lewis' most important work. A deeply considered unravelling of the many facets of Christian thought and practice. Lewis shows sin for what it is through God's lens and yet the marvel of his grace to work in and through sinful creatures to bring about their transformation into the image of Christ. In this, even the vilest person has hope through submission of their will to God's. As they "lose" their life by giving it to Him, they end up finding their true self, released of the chains of their fallen nature.

After building the truth of God to noble heights, Lewis disappointingly ends the book with a section giving ground to theistic evolution. Any reader conversant with the scientific arguments for and against will survive this section unharmed, but the less nuanced, or uninformed, seeker of truth could understandably feel as if what Lewis had handed him was nothing but dry sand, falling through their fingers along with their hard-built sense of confidence in the Christian proposition. After all, how can you believe any of the Bible if it couldn't get the first chapter right?

Admittedly, Lewis wrote his book at a time before the true unfathomable difficulties of abiogenesis (the theory of how living organisms supposedly rose from non-living materials) or evolution were known. The best synthetic chemists and biologists in the world STILL have no clue how even a "simple cell" was formed, let alone a mechanism to explain the origin of the digital information in our DNA. So far the argument for intellegent design is the best explanation for the above and for how nature is replete with irreducibly complex biological machines and systems (ie. the bacterial flagellum).

For more on the above search for Stephen Meyer, Michael Behe or James Tour on YouTube.

Leaving Lewis' scientific illiteracy aside, there is much in this book of benefit took both Christians and interested non-Christians.

A recommended read.

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The Truth

Can one fault CS Lewis? I don't think so. Great depth of thought, a thorough understanding of mankind and sound theology.

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Deep and crystal clear Christian logic.

No wonder Lewis is considered one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Apart from his butchered and shallow attempt to address evolution in this book, the rest of it is absolutely brilliant. The elegance, clarity and comprehensiveness of his logic is magnificent, compelling and convincing.
A must listen book.

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Literally one of the most profound and impacting books I’ve ever read.

You should definitely get this book!
I am now on my 4th time through, back to back.

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Listened to this book for the 3rd time

Of course it took me a while to wrap my head around some of the deeper philosophical thoughts but once you understand it, it's easy to see how well this man wrote. I absolutely enjoyed this book and definitely recommend to anyone who is interested.

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exceptional

Incredible, well narrated. Have listened to it several times over. Amazing deep thought provoking substance.

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And excellent companion piece

An excellent companion piece that you should have next to the Bible I highly recommend reading this if you’re new to Christianity or even a practising Christian your whole life you’ll be given new appreciation for why you chose to be a Christian

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Brilliant insights presented made clearly.

Things I have pondered have gained a clarity I was looking for and has engendered a desire to continue in searching the Word of God to refine them.

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Brutal truth that challenged me to my core. Eloquent and passionate. I will be listening to it again.

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  • Rafael Gonzalez Montejano
  • 12-04-2019

Even if you are not Christian...

...and if you are, but are struggling at making sense of it all, c.S.Lewis’ Mere Christianity will be a true jewel.
Please keep in mind these talks took place “almost” a century ago, so do try to contextualize some comments (very very few). This audiobook is a master piece and has been incredibly helpful and rewarding.

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  • 07-10-2019

Brilliant

This book is so simple, yet so thought provoking. I kept on pausing and trying to absorb before carrying on listening.

I highly recommend this book, whether you are questioning Christianity or looking to reignite your faith or looking for a simple way to explain your believes to your friends.

I will listen to this book again and again and again. Highly recommended.

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  • Modou Camara
  • 24-03-2019

A brilliant attempt to explain Christ-likeness)

This is a great intellectual attempt to explain Christianity to the world. it is an impossible task, but a wonderful listening for the intelligent believer seeking more know of Christ

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2017

Brilliant apologetics

C S Lewis delivers brilliant apologetics in Mere Christianity. Everyone in Christian ministry should include this book in their studies. I have read the book before and heard it now audibly. I loved the content but didn't like the style of reading.

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  • Mika
  • 13-10-2016

Classic

A book that every christian should read. C. S. Lewis is definitely one of the greatest christian thinkers of modern age.

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  • Stargate
  • 18-06-2014

Really good read !!

What made the experience of listening to Mere Christianity the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the insight that C.S. Lewis has into the Christian life and is not afraid of using his intellect to get that across.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way that C.S.Lewis always relates his faith to the real world.

What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The human voice narrating a story brings a new dimension to the storytelling process compared to if you just read the book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Jesus, as relevant today as He was yesterday.

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  • Screechie
  • 05-03-2017

Phenomenal

This book re-engineered by thinking and helped strengthen my faith in God. It was great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-2017

this is an awesome book.

I loved reading this book and recommend it to everyone who wants to know more about Christianity

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  • M. Bird
  • 25-06-2019

No chapters. Free on YouTube (with chapters)

A great book, but this exact same recording is free on YouTube, and has links to the sections and chapters which Audible, either due to negligence or a bug, bafflingly lacks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-2017

Worth reading regardless on your religious disposition

Really good book, the philosophical and moral angle CS Lewis uses at the beginning of the book is refreshing and helpful. If you're a Christian it allows to see things from a philosophical and very relatable point of view that you can share with non-christians and other christians alike. Towards the later half of the books Lewis's thoughts on sexual desire are interesting.

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  • Ioan
  • 31-03-2017

Wow

The single most important book I've ever listened to. The reading isn't great but the content is gold

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  • SD
  • 20-02-2020

Brain ache

I was really keen to read C S Lewis' work as I had heard so many good things about his take on Christianity. The reviews also supported this. What a disappointment! Not only did his ideas seem so outdated but, with his reference to homosexuality being wrong and his use of a derogatory word to describe a black person, I found it difficult and offensive to listen to. The non stop narration without notable breaks in the chapters gave the experience an unnecessary intensity. As a Christian myself wanting to learn more, I found this book off putting and I certainly will not be recommending it to my non Christian friends.

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  • Hardys
  • 05-02-2014

Help to understand

Where does Mere Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As it is only my second book and the other was not good, this is the best I have heard.

Any additional comments?

This book helps Christians and non Christians to really look into why it makes sense to believe in God.The writer goes into real life things that can be used as proof of God. Great writing and delivered very well.

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  • J. B. Marins
  • 27-02-2017

A life changing experience!

I love it!

Geoffrey Howard is a very competent narrator and this book is the most elucidative book (about christianity) I've read.
The audio version made the book more enjoyable.

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