Wartime book still relevant
Starting on Tuesday at Christ Church in Seymour, the Anglican Parish of Central Goulburn will be running a discussion group on C.S. Lewis’ book Mere Christianity. Fr Gary Atherton invites people in the community to come and take part in the discussion group.
When Great Britain was in the grip of World War II, Winston Churchill was not the only one to use the airways to mobilise and embolden the nation.
Oxford don C.S. Lewis, who later wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, also famously made use of the BBC to deliver a number of hugely successful talks to a war-torn nation.
And, although he lacked the Shakespearean gusto of Winston Churchill, Lewis’ clear, step-by-step reasoning, his honest and unassuming tone, and his use of commonsense examples drew in a broad and diverse range of listeners.
The talks were originally published as separate works.
Then, in 1952, they were collected into one volume and published as the book the world today knows as Mere Christianity, one of the most read and beloved Christian books of all time that provides you with a very clear understanding of the principles of Christianity and how it can help you make sense of the everyday issues of modern life.
Although he was a layman of the Anglican Church, Lewis did not write the book to promote the doctrines of any particular Christian denomination.
‘‘Ever since I became a Christian I have thought that the best, perhaps the only, service I could do for my unbelieving neighbours was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times,’’ he wrote in the preface, making his intentions clear to his readers.
In these troubled times, more than 70 years after Lewis delivered his first radio talk, more and more people are discovering the relevance of Mere Christianity.
You can find out why at a Mere Christianity discussion group at Christ Church Anglican Church in Anzac Ave, Seymour on Tuesday mornings at 10 am, starting on October 10.
The sessions, which run for eight weeks, come complete with study guides and videos to help you explore the history, meaning, and relevance of C.S. Lewis’ greatest book.
For more information or if you would like to join the discussion group, phone Fr Gary Atherton on 5799 0283.
— Fr Gary Atherton