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Mere Christianity: Introduction
Mere Christianity: Plot Summary
Mere Christianity: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Mere Christianity: Themes
Mere Christianity: Quotes
Mere Christianity: Characters
Mere Christianity: Symbols
Mere Christianity: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of C. S. Lewis
Historical Context of Mere Christianity
Other Books Related to Mere Christianity
- Full Title:Mere Christianity
- When Written:Based on a series of radio broadcasts made between 1942 and 1944, published as a book in 1952.
- Where Written:London and Oxford
- When Published:1952
- Genre:Christian apologetics, Non-fiction
- Point of View:First person; the speaker is C. S. Lewis
Extra Credit for Mere Christianity
Famous fans.C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia books are some of the most famous children’s novels of all time, and they’ve inspired some other classics of children’s literature. Lewis’s fans include J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, Philip Pullman, authors of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Pullman, an atheist, claims to despise Lewis’s Christian ideas, but has “boundless respect” for the Chronicles of Narnia.
Best buddies.Lewis was a popular professor at Oxford University, and had lots of good friends on the faculty. His closest friend, another expert in Classics and English literature, also penned a series of Christian-inspired fantasy novels for intelligent young readers. His name? J. R. R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings books!