Mere christianity

by C.S. Lewis
190 pages, Religion
Reviewed by Jeanne

A good primer on Christianity and what it teaches, written in Lewis' unforgettable style.


A layman's look at Christianity, how a person gets there, how it works, and what it teaches. A compilation of radio talks, the book starts with laying the foundations for the Law of Human Nature and proceeds from there to show that the teachings of Christianity are the only way that Man can be fulfilled.


Lewis addresses the "problem of morality" and how there are common threads of Right and Wrong through all the nations of the world; he also discusses that part of Man's nature which tells him he ought to do a thing that he dislikes or that he ought not to do a thing that he wants to.

Spiritual Content

From the title, one may make an educated guess as to the amount of spiritual content in this book. Lewis uses the first section to lead up to Christianity, and then spends the rest of the book discussing the essentials of Christianity itself.


One or two mentions of the Great War; Lewis also uses soldiers to illustrate several points.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Nothing of consequence.

Sexual Content

In one chapter Lewis talks about Sexual Morality, and in the next he discusses Christian Marriage. Both address how Christians ought to look at the two and how they ought not to look at them. Several times he uses a man's desire for a woman to illustrate points concerning morality.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Lewis uses "damn" in its proper context of damnation.


"Mere Christianity" is an excellent primer for young Christians, confused unbelievers, and Christians wanting to instruct others and become more mature themselves. It is, of course, necessary that the reader remember that Lewis himself was no theologian, and that these chapters serve only to show how he has learned to look at Christianity. However, this is a very insightful, interesting, and thought-provoking book, and worthy of recommendation.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: adult

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