AU Prof Writes Study Materials for “Mere Christianity”
October 15, 2015
This fall, churches across the country will use a study guide for C.S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” written by Asbury University English Professor Devin Brown. Titled “Discussing Mere Christianity,” the resource is a DVD and paper study guide recently released by Zondervan for use in small groups and individuals.
An eight-part video featuring best-selling author Eric Metaxas as host, “Discussing Mere Christianity” was filmed on location at key sites in and around Oxford, England. Each of the sessions looks at two chapters from “Mere Christianity,” the iconic work by C.S. Lewis.
The video features well-known Christian writers and speakers like Philip Yancey, Alister McGrath and Douglas Gresham, discussing topics including moral law, the sin of pride and the Christian virtue of hope.
Brown became involved with the project at the request of Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis’s stepson. Shortly after Gresham’s 2013 visit to Asbury University, Zondervan approached Gresham and the C.S. Lewis Estate for permission to create study materials based on “Mere Christianity.” The project was approved, and Gresham requested that Brown and Focus on the Family producer Paul McCusker serve as the writers for the project. Brown ended up serving as the primary writer and McCusker served as editor.
“It was an honor and a delight to be part of this exciting project,” Brown said. “Our goal was to try to unpack one of the most influential Christian works of the 20th century for a new generation of readers in a way that people everywhere could understand and relate to.”
“Discussing Mere Christianity” will have its Asbury debut during the 2016 Engaging Culture Weekend, where Brown will lead a study session and discussion.
To learn more about Asbury’s English program, visit: asbury.edu/english