• What Christians Believe

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 48 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,254 ratings)

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What Christians Believe

By: C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
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Publisher's Summary

Master storyteller and essayist C. S. Lewis here tackles the central questions of the Christian faith: Who was Jesus? What did he accomplish? What does it mean for me?

In these classic essays, which began as talks on the BBC during World War II, Lewis creatively and simply explains the basic tenets of Christianity. Taken from the core section of Mere Christianity, this book provides an accessible way for people to discover these timeless truths. For those looking to remind themselves of what they hold true, or those looking for a snapshot of Christianity, this book is a wonderful introduction to the faith.

©2005 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites…Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.” ( New Yorker)
“I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration.” (John Updike)

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Incredible.

Lewis gets straight to the heart of what being Christian actually is. He hits the hard stuff swiftly and doesn't waste time. He uses solid logic around the issues he had as a believer and when he didn't believe. It's a fast listen and absolutely wonderful.

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This was a tough listen for me on audio, but I will listen again. The content is true to C.S. Lewis and always an encouragement. He is able to present Jesus in a manner that cannot be argued.

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A jewel from C.S. Lewis

As a diehard fan of C.S. Lewis, I enjoy all of his books. This one, "What Christians Believe" is a concise review of the major doctrines of western Christianity - I never knew C.S. Lewis had written such a book. This little book covers what Christians believe in an entertaining, nonconfrontational, and informative manner. His simple, direct style makes some important concepts and ideas obvious, that otherwise had been dull and foggy. The narrator was excellent! His presentation was clear and soothing, but also lively and entertaining - it will never put you to sleep.

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Brilliant

CS Lewis is brilliant and brilliantly explains Christianity.
I hope that everyone who reads his book or listens to the audiobook does themself the favour of being honest and allows the words to confront and challenge their beliefs.

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Amazing!

Lewis is absolutely the best at taking difficult concepts and stating them in ways that allow the average person to grasp. This book is no exception. I listened in awe as the foundational beliefs of Christianity were explained so simply and effectively. Truly a brilliant mind!

Cosham is an excellent narrator and does a great job here as well.

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Christianity? Find out why in 45 minutes!

I was blown away by the faith and reasoning, by the eloquence with which the title topic is covered and all in such a short time. I selected many bookmarks of wonderful quotes. This is something to listen to more than once for sure!
Do you doubt your own faith or have a friend who is an atheist? This is a reassuring listen for you and a challenging listen for your friend. I think it's one of C S Lewis' best because of its brevity. It's like a mixture of fine ingredients that has been distilled down to a rich, delicious sauce. Taste and see!

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SHORT BOOK BUT WORTH A LISTEN

I found this book very interesting and educational

It is a very short book (under 60 min) I was disapointed that it was not longer.

Some deep theology but presented in an interesting and clear maner.

It's pretty profound

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Marvelous

What a wonderful mind, what a wonderful Christian and what a wonderful writer. Such a joy to listen to.

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Excellent summary

This book is an excellent summary to what Christians believe. CS Lewis doesn’t add or subtract anything, yet still covers it thoroughly. This is a great read for someone exploring religion and searching for the truth.

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We still have a choice CHOOSE LIFE

Well written and concise thinking. Call to love not judge. Forgive and be forgiven. Peace be with you …happy are those who cherish life in all its forms

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  • Mark
  • 10-24-21

Amazing truth

A wonderful book that really discusses the truth about this world and about how real Jesus is. Thank you Jesus!

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  • Carôle
  • 01-18-22

A valuable resource for Christians and informative for those who want to know!

This is a great book for those of us who struggle with witnessing to friends, foes and family!

Broken down to the really basic points of Christianity and without ‘bullying’ a person to believe. Listening to this narration by Ralph Cosham is really soothing and it is put over really well.

Definitely worth keeping this close to hand.

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  • Saloman73
  • 01-19-23

The Truth

As someone who has recently been found by Jesus, this resonates with me so much. Please listen to this. Have an open mind, an open heart and let Christ in. He’s waiting.

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  • Bryan Parry
  • 09-26-22

Powerful

C. S. Lewis was a brilliant and convincing writer. The arguments he makes here are genuinely compelling. However, the logic doesn't quite hold up.

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  • Ernest Gikuma
  • 04-20-22

Rebellious - Repentance - Righteousness

As a Redeemed Christian, I am so glad I came across this book. I have learned of ways to help those willing to listen to sound reasoning about Who was Jesus, Why he came to die and What I believe as Believer.

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👉🏽Humans are not damaged creatures to be fixed but rebellious creatures that need to lay down their arms.
👉🏽Jesus came as God to do what only the ABSOLUTE can do.
👉🏽It’s a foolish and patronising statement to say that one accepts Jesus as a good moral teacher, He is either who He said He was and Is or a lunatic.

“I have come that they may have life in abundance…” John 10:10

May this book minister to your understanding💝

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  • Jack Keenan
  • 04-13-22

Thoughtful

I found this short book to be most interesting. I would recommend it if you are interested in knowing something about what Christians believe.

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  • Reverend
  • 04-13-22

The logic of Christianity

Lewis takes you through the logic of Christianity and compares it to atheism and other religious beliefs. Well worth a listen to

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  • Miss Dee
  • 01-06-22

Informative and thought provoking.

Packed a punch! Thank goodness for pause buttons- much to pause and reflect on. :)

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  • Godswill
  • 11-03-21

Great reading

I loved the narration and C. S. Lewis is always a great read. Good job

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  • Tedward
  • 10-08-21

Amazing

What a wonderful book this is, so good that I’ve ordered the printed version for deeper study

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-23

Great philosophical insights

Great summarization of the key points in Christianity and religion more broadly. CS Lewis combines simple analogies and metaphors with insight that'll make any atheist think twice.

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  • Johnny s.
  • 02-03-22

wholesome

literary genius. profound thoughts made accessible. worth a listen. and another listen. and another