“I was not writing to expound something I could call ‘my religion,’ but to expound ‘mere’ Christianity, which is what it is and was what it was long before I was born and whether I like it or not.” - C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity is possibly C. S. Lewis’ most frequently read work…a theological book adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made between 1942 and 1944, while Lewis was at Oxford during World War II. Considered a classic of Christian apologetics, the transcripts of the broadcasts originally appeared in print as three separate pamphlets: The Case for Christianity (1942), Christian Behaviour (1943), and Beyond Personality (1944). Lewis was invited to give the talks by Rev. James Welch, the BBC Director of Religious Broadcasting, who had read his 1940 book, The Problem of Pain.
Lewis’ ability to get to the heart of Christian doctrine in this way was one of his greatest gifts and helped to inspire a greater sense of solidarity amongst churchmen of many persuasions. As far as the world at large was concerned, the level of public response to Lewis’ talks was considerable, and divided, more often then not, into warm appreciation or vehement criticism.
C.S. Lewis argues that modern man, in doubting the reality even of good and evil, has cut himself off from his ancestors (with the age-old notion of the Tao, or Law of Human Nature) and the whole bedrock of Christian thought that related to it. Those interested in learning more about the idea of the Tao can find practical examples of it at work in different cultures in the appendix to Lewis’ The Abolition of Man.