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Clara Sarrocco on a Rabbi's Love for Mere Christianity

"I have met with little of the fabled odium theologicum from convinced members of communions different from my own. Hostility has come more from borderline people. . . . It is at her centre, where her truest children dwell, that each communion is really closest to every other in spirit, if not in doctrine. And this suggests that at the centre of each there is something, or a Someone who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice."

These words were written by C. S. Lewis in his Preface to Mere Christianity. One usually thinks that by "members of communions different from . . .

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Clara Sarrocco has been a longtime member and secretary of the New York C. S. Lewis Society. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Lewis, and has taught courses on his writings. She is also the executive director of both the Council on National Literatures and Griffon House Publications.

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