‘Mere Christianity’ Is as Relevant Today as Ever

Is C.S. Lewis' theological classic "Mere Christianity" worth the read? The Get Read panel unpacks what makes it as compelling today as it was the day it was written.

‘Mere Christianity’ Is as Relevant Today as Ever

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Is C.S. Lewis' theological classic "Mere Christianity" worth the read? The Get Read panel unpacks what makes it as compelling today as it was the day it was written.


Have you ever been recommended a classic book, but avoided it because you thought it might be boring, over your head or just not compelling? Today on Get Read, we’re talking about one of those books and why you should read it anyway! In this episode, our host, Sonia Alcazar Collier, is joined by reality star Britt Nilsson, hip-hop artist and poet Propaganda and author and educator Kutter Callaway, and they’re discussing “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis.

“Mere Christianity” tackles theology in relation to the Christian faith. But don’t be intimidated by the idea of a book on theology: everyone on the panel found the book extremely approachable and surprisingly accessible. Britt Nilsson calls the book “very conversational.”

Our host, Sonia, specifically appreciated that the book addressed many different issues and seasons of life, “from everyday living, to being married, to not believing in something.”

C.S. Lewis, who is primarily renown for his classic book series, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” takes the opportunity to, as Propaganda puts it, “shed the fiction” and just talk. Propaganda’s reaction? “I knew [he was] brilliant, but…[he’s] brilliant,” he expresses emphatically.

As the group continues to discuss, they also equally appreciated the sheer amount of one-liners (“a succinct or meaningful and especially accurate statement or witty remark”). Kutter calls C.S. Lewis “the original tweeter before twitter”; Propaganda shares this sentiment, saying, “‘Aim for heaven, you get earth thrown in; aim for earth you lose both’…That’s your next tattoo.”

Looking back, Britt notes how important it is that C.S. Lewis is speaking from the perspective of having been an atheist. And that’s what is so valuable about “Mere Christianity.” C.S. Lewis asks his readers to come alongside him, listen to what he’s saying and just give it a try. Whatever one decides, Propaganda concludes that found within the book, are “images that can carry someone through life whether they’re believers or not.”

Check out the video above to hear more of our panel’s favorite one-liners from C.S. Lewis and why everyone should read “Mere Christianity.”


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