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One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide.

This audiobook brings together C. S. Lewis' legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to "explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times."

Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

©1980 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Like a father holding your hand across a busy road

As a brand new Christian, coming off a life of atheism, I was searching for something to help ease me into uncharted waters. After some internet searching, I decided to give this a whirl. C.S Lewis is obviously brilliant and writes in a such a way that is even wildly relevant decades later. I am so grateful to him for creating such a wonderful book.

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An Excellent Introduction

C.S Lewis has a brilliant mind, but if you delve into his more philosophical and complex works- I've tried many times to work my way through Miracles, but haven't managed to reach the end- it can be difficult for the casual reader or listener to make headway. None of that is a problem here however, as C.S Lewis puts his brilliant mind towards the unenviable task of communicating what Christianity is in a logical, relatable, accessible and understandable manner. Not so much for Christians already made, but for those who are curious and want to learn more about it.

Yet despite the challenge he measures up to it well, tackling questions like what is morality, why we can believe a solid one exists, why it points to the existence of a God or gods, and why the God of the Bible specifically makes sense (and this is just the first third of the book!), with apparent ease. More over, the chapters are all rather concise; something easy to take 10 minutes (sometimes less) to read on your own, and reflect on, so it's quite digestible.

Moreover, this audiobook version specifically is excellently done: Julian Rhind-Tutt reads in a steadying, reassuring and intelligent voice that carries that perfect note of introspection when he speaks. If it weren't for there being an actual recording of Lewis available at present, his voice to me would be the perfect one to represent Lewis. Before you know it, you find yourself drawn into the arguments he as Lewis' proxy presents to you the listener, and 10 to 20 minutes will go by before you know it.

So, whether you be a Christian looking for a good audiobook or not a Christian but wanting a clear and digestible way to explore it, this audiobook comes highly recommended. :)

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Second best book I've read yet!

I wish I had read this masterpiece years ago. I am thankful I have finally read this great book. I will be giving it to everyone from this day forward.

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Easy to understand

This is a great book that explains the basic and important facts about Christianity in a clear and in-depth way.

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Still Revelant, Still Enlightening.

This classic written in a past era will keep your listening to the message of timeless wisdom.

Jesus Saves

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A little disappointed

I have heard this book referenced for many years from people I admire and respect, and I was excited to finally jump in. Now that I’ve read it however I am quite disappointed. Lewis speaks to his audience as if they are children (maybe that was intentional?), and he makes many irrational claims based in feelings. Not only am I disappointed by the content, I’m disappointed that so many people cherish it.

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Superb book. Extraordinary performance.

This classic is by far one of the most influential books in the domain of Christian literature and apologetics.

The author elegantly lays out, always through logical reasoning and down-to-earth analogies, the main principles that make Christian faith.

For believers, skepticals, non-Christians and even atheists, as the author is always respectful with the position of the reader.

The performance is elegant and easy to listen to. A slight British accent echoes the origins of the author without hindering comprehension of those used to American English.

A real jewel for those interested in better understanding Christianity, either Christians or not.

I cannot recommend it enough!

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anthropology, theology, philosophy,

Anthropology, theology, philosophy, this book has it all. I liked it. I am a Catholic

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Mere Christianity

CS Lewis message Is old but relevant to 21st-century and the narrator is very easy to listen too. Definitely challenges ones thinking in the areas of Christian behaviour I’m challenged to be a better person.
I personally liked his in depth style. With respect to Christianity there is no pressure in his books: challenges ones own views of the topics presented in the book.

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  • Tom
  • 2020-12-02

well worth the read

Lewis had an ambitious project in a way, one not unique to him, but one he made a good effort at. often Christians struggle in presenting their cases, by getting bogged down with trying to justify denominational differences, and sometimes that is all the non Christian sees. Lewis rather tries to get at what is the core belief, why it matters, and speculating what it might mean. as such there is not a lot of stunningly new insights, many have been around for centuries, but he lays them out in a clear way, trying to leave the fluff out, as important as it might be once one has chosen a denmomination, but not at the start. language and style have changed since the forties, and some of what he says does not meet current sensibilities and thought, but it was written over 70 years ago, and I doubt if he were writing today it would be exactly the same. so expect some things you might not hear today, not everywhere, but they are there. and listen to the main principles that have been around almost 2,000 years

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  • Matthew
  • 2015-06-09

Interesting to an atheist

I enjoyed this book very much. While Lewis hasn't quite converted me to Christianity, he has given me a much deeper and more nuanced understanding of the religion's basic teachings and ideas than I could have ever scrounged up on my own. Overall an enjoyable listen - Julian Rhind-Tutt is delightfully British.

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  • Andrew
  • 2017-07-17

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First off, I must give Julian Rhind-Tutt's narration five stars. It was easy to understand his words due to excellent diction. Also, when a passionate, or emphasized, word or phrase was to be told, it was delivered very well, sometimes giving goosebumps.

As far as the author, I give C.S. Lewis high praise for the ease in which he explains every idea. No matter what the subject, he'll give an analogy that even the simplest of minds (like mine) will clearly understand. You'll finish listening to the sentence saying "That makes perfect sense."

I was once an atheist (as Lewis was) and this inspired my purchase of the book a while ago. I did not actually read/listen to it - thinking that our different denominations would come into ply - but my pastor gave it as a side-read earlier this month. So, I dove in and I found, despite our different denominations, Lewis explained the path to salvation clearly, with the highest common sense imaginable.

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  • 2015-04-11

Good theology and logical analysis

Good explanation and I loved the logical analysis and theology. He has a very good way of explaining the complicated in a simplified easy to understand way.

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  • Todd
  • 2015-01-18

Fabulous. A must read!

Fabulous. A must read! This book is all "meat" and not a quick listen; the kind where you listen to a chapter or two a day and let it digest. I highly recommend it!

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  • 2015-04-03

Excellent Explainations

Where does Mere Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is about the best for this type of genre.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mere Christianity?

The book explained things that puzzle some people about Christianity with simple, clear, well thought out explanations.

Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favorite?

No characters in this book. Did a good job of reading nonfiction book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to stop and relisten to it so I could digest what was being said.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best books on Christianity that I have every read. It is well worth the time and money. I recommend the kindle companion with this book.

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  • Linda M.
  • 2015-01-30

Mere Christianity, complex ideas in simple terms

C.S. Lewis was a Britt, so it's only fitting to have a British narrator. The content was originally intended for radio, so listening flows naturally. The chapters are short too-- 10--20 minutes. A great starter!

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  • Austin
  • 2015-02-24

incredible

Narrator speaks at the perfect pace. Easy to understand and very powerful. A must read for everyone Christian or not

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  • Anna Marie B. Oakes
  • 2015-06-02

wonderful. life-changing. eye-opening.

so easy to listen and let it wash over you. so simple. so true. put into such simple terms that make complete sense. very Orthodox in it's truth

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  • Pastor Ehrich
  • 2015-09-08

timeless book

Would you consider the audio edition of Mere Christianity to be better than the print version?

no i still like the print but i love being able to listen while i drive and to have it on in the back ground while i work

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every time i read this book i learn something new. i picked up this audio book to add to my devotional time. and i am glad i did

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  • Richard
  • 2015-09-09

Great christian insights from another era

Lewis makes some good points in this but also a few mundane ones. Overall, it makes for a nice and easy listen.

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