Athough I haven’t read Mere Christianity in a while, I can’t think of a single disagreement with its contents. But the book does have one crucial weakness, and that is Lewis’ limited understanding of the Old Testament. To its credit, Mere Christianity is enriched by Lewis’ familiarity with ancient and medieval philosophy; but philosophy is no substitute for the Old Testament. Stott and Wright have a deeper understanding of the Old Testament and do as good a job communicating Old Testament themes to a modern audience as Lewis does communicating ancient and medieval themes to a modern audience.
Mere Christianity is a wonderful book. Those who have already read it should also read Basic Christianity and Simply Christian, also wonderful books.
Those who haven’t read Mere Christianity should read all three. Stott’s and Wright’s books should accompany Lewis’ book, not replace it.
In a later post I hope to explore some other weaknesses of Lewis. Not because I don’t love him, but because I do, and because I love what he loved, Christianity.
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Dr. Mark J. Boone is a teacher and researcher in philosophy, especially the history of philosophy, primarily the ancient and medieval eras, writing his dissertation on Saint Augustine. Dr. Boone is the Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Forman Christian College. Mark is an occasional book reviewer for the journal Augustinian Studies and has written articles dealing with Plato, William James, theology and the arts, and religious epistemology. In some of his precious little spare time Mark makes animated cartoons based on famous speeches and dialogues in the history of philosophy, available on YouTube and Vimeo under the username TeacherofPhilosophy.