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C. S. Lewis is probably best known today as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia because that series of children's books have been made into movies. Lewis wrote many other books, including one entitled, Mere Christianity. In that book he tries to explain and "defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times." He writes, "The central Christian belief is that Christ's death (and His coming to life again) has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start."

"We believe that the death of Christ is just the point in history at which something absolutely unimaginable from outside shows through into our own world. ... You may ask what good will it be to us it we do not understand it. But that is easily answered. A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him. A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works.... ...His death has washed out our sins, and ... in dying He disabled death itself. That is ... Christianity."

Citation: C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Collier Books, © 1952

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