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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mere Christianity

by C. S. Lewis
illustrated by NA

Religious/Secular Content: Christian-
Adult Content: Yes- the younger ones will not understand the ideals and concepts in this book, as well as the wording; and there are mature topics- see below-
Mature Topics: Yes, this is pertaining to some topics that are inappropriate for younger ages (there is mention more than once of infidelity); in the beginning chapters he states that "All we mean is that the occasions on which the fighting instinct or sexual desire need to be restrained..."; at least one chapter is on Sexual Morality and another on Christian Marriage-
Strong/Inappropriate Language: No, although the word 'hell' is used more than once in a slang way (in reference to what someone else might say)-
Magic/Witchcraft: No-
Disrespect/Rebellion: Yes, but it is respect to what not to do and it isn't strongly talked about in a way to be promoted; example- Lewis talks about men living only for themselves and not caring for the rules or lives of others and the havoc it can cause-
Drug/Alcohol Use: Vaguely mentioned- Temperance is discussed and therefore the mention of alcohol is also but not in depth (words used are 'drinking', 'drink', 'drunkenness', 'drunk', 'beer'), rather the idea of temperance. -
Violence/Abuse: Vaguely-
Educational Value: Yes, morals and values as a Christian-
Positive/Negative Message: Positive-

We love this book in our house. It really makes you think. My dd is 14 and we are using this as a devotional this year (and will with my ds when he is older). There are a few spots that I feel I must censor while reading (it is a read-aloud).

The style is not vulgar at all and it would be easy to be so when dealing with morals and values, in my opinion. Very much a Christian perspective yet it does not attack other views in a way that one feels defensive.

Would recommend for mature individuals ages 13+ up, but possibly even upwards of 15+.


  1. I am with you. i know for my daughter who is 13, I would probably go for the 15 and up as well.
    Thanks for the info on this book. It does sound like a good study for high school.

  2. We are skipping the Sexual Morality and Christian Marriage part for now... and a few other parts of the book that will be of more use when she is older (a lot older I hope!) And like I said, this is a read aloud and I can easily exclude the references that I feel are not applicable or appropriate for her at this time.


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phillipians 4:8