The Impact of Mere Christianity & Other Lewis Works

In 2000, the magazine Christianity Today took a poll on the century's most influential books: "Christianity Today asked more than 100 of its contributors and church leaders to nominate the ten best religious books of the twentieth century. By best books, we meant those that not only were important when first published, but also have enduring significance for the Christian faith and church. We have included books which do not always prompt agreement, but which are important for evangelical Christians to read and contend with. A few "period" pieces also made the list of 90. By far, C. S. Lewis was the most popular author and Mere Christianity the book nominated most often. Indeed, we could have included even more Lewis works, but finally we had to say: 'Enough is enough; give some other authors a chance.'" They described Mere Christianity as "the best case for the essentials of orthodox Christianity in print."

The following testimonies of a variety of persons -- some familiar, others not -- echo the poll's finding.

Allan M. Josephson, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Louisville
School of Medicine
Thomas S. Monaghan
Founder of Domino's Pizza
Chancellor of Ave Maria University
John C. Lennox MA MA(Bioethics) PhD DPhil DSc
Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science
Green College, Oxford University
Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III
Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry
Director, Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry
University of Georgia
Armand M. Nicholi Jr.
Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Mass. General Hospital
William D. Walker, Ph.D.
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Duke University
Constance Kalbach Walker
Sr. Research Scientist
Physics Dept., Duke University
 

 

 
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