Mere Christianity

Light Symbol Icon

Like many Christian writers, Lewis associates the state of Christianity with light. To be a good, pious Christian, is to “see the world for the first time,” illuminated by the light of faith and salvation. Thus, light represents the inner peace, joy, and profound wisdom that the worship of Jesus Christ affords the human race.

Light Quotes in Mere Christianity

The Mere Christianity quotes below all refer to the symbol of Light. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperOne edition of Mere Christianity published in 2015.
Book 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.

Related Characters: C. S. Lewis (speaker)
Related Symbols: Light
Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:

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Book 4, Chapter 11 Quotes

Imagine a lot of people who have always lived in the dark. You come and try to describe to them what light is like. You might tell them that if they come into the light that same light would fall on them all and they would all reflect it and thus become what we call visible. Is it not quite possible that they would imagine that, since they were all receiving the same light, and all reacting to it in the same way (i.e. all reflecting it), they would all look alike? Whereas you and I know that the light will in fact bring out, or show up, how different they are.

Related Characters: C. S. Lewis (speaker)
Related Symbols: Light
Page Number: 224
Explanation and Analysis:

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Light Symbol Timeline in Mere Christianity

The timeline below shows where the symbol Light appears in Mere Christianity. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 3, Chapter 12: Faith (Part 2)
Good, Evil, and Free Will Theme Icon
Christianity and Practice Theme Icon
Faith, Works, and Salvation Theme Icon
...but where they are simply filled with goodness, like a mirror that is “filled with light.” But, Lewis admits, it is difficult for us to talk about salvation, since “no one’s... (full context)
Book 4, Chapter 11: The New Men
Morality, Religion, and Reason Theme Icon
Good, Evil, and Free Will Theme Icon
Faith, Works, and Salvation Theme Icon
Christianity and the Two Kinds of “Life” Theme Icon
...a group of people blundering around in the dark, none of whom have ever seen light. If one were to explain to this group that a light was about to turn... (full context)