Review: Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this book, C.S. Lewis provides some of the clearest and simplest explanations I have yet seen of some of the fundamental and often most difficult Christian doctrines, including sin and salvation, the Trinity, and Christian anthropology. His fiction-writer’s mind allows him to find a number of examples and allegories to make these ideas very clear for the reader. Along the way, he does a wonderful job of introducing Christianity to the ignorant, illuminating Christianity for those already “in-the-know,” and clearing up some common misconceptions about the faith.

My only complaint is that I believe he does not give a due amount of attention to the sacraments. A few additional chapters on these important parts of the Christian life seem to be a necessary addition and a gaping hole.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing what Christians actually believe, which, given Christianity’s importance to the history of the world and its continuing cultural (not to mention spiritual) importance today, should be everyone.

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