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226 pages
Mar 2004
InterVarsity Press

Mere Theology: A Guide to the Thought of C.S. Lewis

by Will Vaus

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"Remarkably concise and even-handed . . . An exemplary introductory guide to Lewis's thought." -- "Religion BookLine" from Publishers Weekly (April 7, 2004)

"Vaus organizes Lewis's brilliant welter of arguments, stories and evocative illustrations into an orderly account of his entire view of the way things are under God. It is a job very well done, with meticulous precision and minimal comment. Lewis-lovers will be most grateful." -- J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

"Mere Theologyis a powerful and convincing expression of Christian faith and practice, for it is iconic as the lucid and comprehensive outline of C. S. Lewis's apologetics, interpreted by the selflessness of the author. For Will Vaus only interposes his own critique on appropriate occasion, as few other commentators of Lewis have done before him. Historically it also exposes the growing gulf between the theological orthodoxy of Mere Christianity and the Christian cultural compromises made since the 1960s." -- James M. Houston, Board of Governor's Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada

Book Jacket:

What did C. S. Lewis believe about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, heaven, hell, creation, the Fall, the forgiveness of sins, marriage and divorce, war and peace, the church and sacraments, masculinity and femininity?

Lewis was not a professional theologian, but anyone who has read his writings--whether fiction or nonfiction, essays or correspondence--knows that profoundly Christian convictions permeate them all. The more one reads, the more it becomes clear that Lewis could write with charity and simplicity while preserving theological accuracy because he was well informed and thoroughly grounded in the Christian faith.

Will Vaus has masterfully brought together Lewis's thought from throughout his voluminous writings to provide us a full-orbed look into his beliefs on twenty-five Christian themes. This book gives us not only a comprehensive view of Lewis's theological convictions but also guidance and encouragement for our own spiritual journeys toward the God whom Lewis found so real, personal and present.