George Marsden: The Genius of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity

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 CultureThe Soul of the American UniversityThe Outrageous Idea of Christian ScholarshipJonathan Edwards: A Life, and The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief (New York: Basic Books).

Professor Marsden will be teaching “The Renaissance of the Evangelical Mind” from July 11 – 15 as part of our 2016 summer programs at Regent College. Learn more at

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