When first starting ‘Mere Christianity,’ I wasn’t sure what to expect. The author informs at the beginning that it is basically a discussion about the bare-bones beliefs of a Christian, notwithstanding different denominations and the like. Basically, what virtually every mainstream Christian believes, hence, “‘Mere’ Christianity”.
It starts off as a kind of philosophy book that barely mentions Christianity. It ends up leading straight into Christianity, and takes an apologetics approach at having it make sense for the common man. Though I am not generally a fan of the use of analogies by many people in this world, C.S. Lewis makes some of the best analogies I have ever heard or read. Most of the time it feels as if the analogy is a 1-to-1 ratio in the comparisons made in this book, and where it isn’t, the author makes it a point to mention that it doesn’t square up perfectly, but that it’s the best he can do at that time. This was one of the most surprising aspects of this book to me. It’s also a great book for busy-bodies. That is to say, there are 227 pages in the book, with a total of 33 chapters. That is an average of about 7 pages a chapter, which makes it great to read on a commute or during lunch breaks at work (something I do myself).
Amazingly, the book is pretty much a transcription of a series of radio talks that the author gave during World War II. Instead of spicing it up to make it sound like a typical book, it reads like a person is talking straight to you without use of overly big words and so on. It’s kind of a breath of fresh air for those that read philosophy or books about religion.
I highly recommend this book for those that are interested in the basic tenets of Christianity. It is an easy read.