C.S. Lewis not really theology proper

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Why I dont find Lewis, the man with the smoking pipie, that Biblical?

For one, approaching serious theological issue with a very worldly sense, general battle between good and evil as well as the whole fictional approach to the Biblical text the show deep roots in liberal theology. Then comes the use of non-Biblical language to present Biblical issues and doctrine, thus robbing the Bible from its rightful way of expression and assigning it language, characters and dynamics that were never meant to be Biblical.

Christianity Today cited English pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones — who was a friend of Lewis’ — as an evangelical with “reservations” about Lewis.

CT writer J.D. Douglas paraphrases Lloyd-Jones, saying Lewis’ view of salvation was “defective in two key respects: (1) Lewis taught and believed that one could reason oneself into Christianity; and (2) Lewis was an opponent of the substitutionary and penal theory of the Atonement.”

Another “two significant problems” with Mere Christianity. These problems he lists are the doctrine of the atonement and inclusivism Lewis fails to understand the work of the Holy Spirit in a biblical way. No matter how much we may like Lewis, this is simply a profound misunderstanding of the Spirit’s mission. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring glory to Christ by taking what is his — his teaching, the truth about his death and resurrection — and making it known. The Spirit does not work indiscriminately without the revelation of Christ in view.

There is almost no passage of Scripture on which I would turn to Lewis for exegetical illumination. … His value is not in his biblical exegesis. Lewis is not the kind of writer who provides substance for a pastor’s sermons. I find problematic:

  1. Lewis was not an inerrantist;
  2. Lewis he viewed the Protestant Reformation as avoidable;
  3. Lewis he remained in the Church of England, despite his largely Protestant beliefs;
  4. Lewis he allowed for “at least some people to be saved through imperfect representations of Christ in other religions”;
  5. Lewis he gave little attention to the doctrine of atonement.

13 Comments

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    All pointers in one separate topic Dan Irving

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Dan Irving

    I haven’t looked at this yet. Was Luther’s theology tight? (Far from.) Was Wesley’s tight? (Far from! He rejected Pentecost.) Was the Holiness movement tight in its doctrine. Rather, the movement was on spectrum that entertained a variety strange notions. Was the Pentecostal movement tight doctrine? It did well in terms of the Pentecostal teaching, but failed disastrously in a lot of other areas of doctrine. So then, I don’t think we’re likely to find a figure that embodies pristine doctrine, (although we commonly attribute it as possessed in ourselves.)

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Dan Irving

    Another point, Troy, is that CS Lewis was not teacher of doctrine. He was a Christian philosopher whose mind explored and reflected upon the meaning of things unseen.

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    True None is 100% true but we have recognized Luther, Wesley and others. With the not so serious theology however like Lewis we let is slide while some preachers follow it blindly. Thats all they know about theology infact. They can tell you everything about Narnia and cant quote a single Psalm – not even 117. Nevermind reading volumes and volumes of Christian fiction and never have read through the whole Bible even one time

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Dan Irving

    Test all things. Hold fast to the good. Chew the meat and spit out the bones. ?

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Well you know if them youngins preach on Star Wars on Sunday morning they will preach on Narnia too

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Dan Irving

    What would you have the youngins reading after school?

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Young preachers should read the Bible through at least one time Pope

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Daniel J Hesse

    Much of the early doctrine came from the Fundamentals by G. Campbell Morgan from 1910-1915. We need to realize our movement reacted against the Social Gospel and much of liberal theology.

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Varnel Watson

    Our movement reacted against the Social Gospel? Most Social Gospel demagogy is currently carried by Charismatics. Did you mean liberal or liberation theology? Daniel J Hesse

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Daniel J Hesse

    One in the same.

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Daniel J Hesse

    In our circles we have a contingent of SG people.

  • Reply February 19, 2018

    Melvin Shomo

    I was at a church one time that used his writings in the Sunday school class. I personally found CS Lewis kind of bland and not very interesting.

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