Date(s) - July 12, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Regent College Chapel
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Since 2001 Mere Christianity has sold over three and a half million copies in English alone. What accounts for the lasting vitality of this volume? This lecture will recount the unusual origins of this remarkable book and reflect on why, in contrast with the vast majority of books, its popularity has increased rather than declined. The lecture will be drawn from Professor Marsden’s new study, C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography (in the Princeton University Press series “The Lives of Great Religious Books.”)
Professor Marsden has taught history at Calvin College, Duke University Divinity School, and the University of Notre Dame. His books include Fundamentalism and American Culture, The Soul of the American University, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, Jonathan Edwards: A Life, and The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief (New York: Basic Books).