Wednesday, August 26, 2009

C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity... More than a classic

The first time, I saw Mere Christianity, I knew I needed to have a copy. Maybe because the name was catchy, maybe because it was C.S. Lewis; whatever the case was, I knew I had to have a copy of the bestselling book and boy I was not wrong.

It is incredibly amazing how can sell a christian book to non-Christians. In this day, its hard to see Christian authors appealing to the mainstream market but that's another post for another day.

Mere Christianity is first on point. It was first published in 1952 and it is funny how a book published that long ago will be relevant today. The message is the same and it explains the Christian faith to the reader as plain as it gets. There isn't too much theology and bible quotations. I mean, when you open the book you don't see the usual, all scripture quotations... but even in all he tackles issues like the law of nature, talks about God and the holy trinity, thoroughly explains the reason why Jesus died and also on the devil. He also tackled issues like Prudence, Justice, temperance, faith, hope, love, pride, forgiveness and also Christian marriage.

If there is anything I learnt from the book; it was one thing. Christianity is not about you. It is about God. He does everything for his own good. He makes you do what you are gonna do. I mean even in your working out your salvation with fear and trembling, it is still God who works in you to do according to his will (Phil 2:12-13)

If you have not read Mere Christianity, go get it. It is not for Christians only but for anyone who wants to understand the true concept of the Christian faith. I assure you you wont be disappointed.

It is published by HarperCollins and it s available at the Silverbird Lifestyle Stores (To them who are in Nigeria)

PS: Mere Christianity trivia from Wikipedia

Mere Christianity is widely admired and influential across a spectrum of trinitarian Christians, which may attest to the author's success in accomplishing the aim of restating theology in a way that avoids many controversies.

The title has influenced Touchstone Magazine: A Journal of Mere Christianity and William Dembski's book Mere Creation. Charles Colson's conversion to Christianity resulted from his reading this book, as did Francis Collins' and Josh Caterer's.

A passage in the book also influenced the name of contemporary Christian Texan Grammy-nominated pop/rock group Sixpence None the Richer.

The phrase, "the hammering process" was used by Christian metal band Living Sacrifice for the name of their album The Hammering Process.

Metalcore band, Norma Jean, derived the title of their song "No Passenger:No Parasite" from the section in the book in which Lewis describes a fully Christian society as having "No passengers or parasites".

Singer Brooke Fraser wrote the song "C.S.Lewis Song" from the album Albertine, which is heavily indebted to Lewis' works, including the lyrics "If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy/I can only conclude that I was not made for here" which are lines directly adapted from this book.

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