4/3/2013 – It’s here: the finals of the Best Christian Book of All Time tournament, being held by InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars blog. Though Dietrich Bonhoeffer looked unstoppable in early rounds, his Cost of Discipleship lost out to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. In the other half of the bracket, Augustine’s Confessions edged the representative from the fiction “region,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. So we’re deprived of an All-Inklings final — the Christian-literary equivalent of Duke-North Carolina or Michigan-Michigan State — but since I’ve already voted for Confessions as the best Christian book of all time, I can hardly complain. Cast your vote at the Emerging Scholars Facebook page!