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Overview IVP Print On Demand Title While not a professional theologian, Lewis has been called one of the most thoroughly converted men who ever lived. Christian assumptions permeate all of his fiction and nonfiction. Vaus gently, but probingly, draws out what Lewis believed on the great doctrines of the faith.
Publishers Description What did C. S. Lewis believe about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, heaven, hell, creation, the Fall, the forgiveness of sins, marriage and divorce, war and peace, the church and sacraments, masculinity and femininity? Lewis was not a professional theologian, but anyone who has read his writings--whether fiction or nonfiction, essays or correspondence--knows that profoundly Christian convictions permeate them all. The more one reads, the more it becomes clear that Lewis could write with charity and simplicity while preserving theological accuracy because he was well informed and thoroughly grounded in the Christian faith. Will Vaus has masterfully brought together Lewis's thought from throughout his voluminous writings to provide us a full-orbed look into his beliefs on twenty-five Christian themes. This book gives us not only a comprehensive view of Lewis's theological convictions but also guidance and encouragement for our own spiritual journeys toward the God whom Lewis found so real, personal and present.
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Will Vaus, the author of Mere Theology A Guide to the Thought of C.S. Lewis (InterVarsity Press), specializes in teaching on C.S. Lewis and Narnia and is the founder of three C.S. Lewis Societies. Will holds a B.A. in Drama from UCSD and an M.Div. degree from Princeton Seminary. Will and his wife, Becky, live in Virginia with their three sons James, Jonathan and Joshua.
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Wonderful resource for readers of Lewis Jul 17, 2006
Having experienced a weekend retreat on C.S. Lewis given by Will Vaus, I was somewhat hesitant to read this book because I was unsure that the pages could come close to the expereince and insight gained by personal interaction with the author. I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend this book to anyone who has experienced the works of C.S. lewis. It could be argued that going to the original sources by Lewis is the only way to experience his works; however, not having the time to read all of his works immediately, Will gives the reader a wonderful look inside the mind and thoughts of the premier Christian writer of the 20th century. What a treasure and wonderful resource whether reading the Chronicles with your children or doing scholarly research into the thoughts and theology of C.S. Lewis. The way that Will is able to take scholarly material and present it in an engaging way to readers at all levels is very beneficial.
I can recommend this book without reservation.
Who's the audience? Oct 4, 2004
I have read Lewis for years and enjoyed him immensely. When I started reading this book, I kept asking myself, "Who is the audience?" People well read in Lewis will know most of the material presented. People who are curious about Lewis should just read Lewis. To me this book is just a good reference work for some limited applications.
The author does present the material in a very accessible form. He writes in a very clear and friendly manner. He has short chapters on different topics like marriage, sex, salvation, God, and the incarnation. You can tell the author's real affection for Lewis's writings. The real advantage of this book is that the author references materials that the average fan of Lewis does not read: the letters, sermons and talks. Another benefit of this book is that the author shows how Lewis changed his theology over his life time.
The main problem with the book is, using Lewisian terms, the book spends too much time "looking at," instead of "looking alongside." The book feels too much like a research paper and does not encourage the reader to enjoy the magic of Lewis for themselves.
I have a website on C. S. Lewis and I get questions all the time about these topics. Frankly, this book is much better than my website and I will probably quote from it in my FAQ section. If you have questions about what Lewis believed on certain theological topics, this book will be a very good guide. However, reading Lewis is the very best method and the most fun way to find out what Lewis thought.
A Great Resource Aug 13, 2004
I've dabbled with reading C.S. Lewis's works for years, and while they intrigue me, I've often found the content intellecutally intimidating. What a treat "Mere Theology" has been for me! Breaking down Lewis's thoughts by topic, it's been a great resource, giving me invaluable insights that will undoubtedly benefit me when I return to Lewis's original works. The author has done an excellent job of presenting the material in an organized, reader-friendly and meaningful fashion.