Skip to comments.C. S. Lewis’ Advice To Students During A Pandemic Will Do All Our Souls Good Right Now
Posted on 04/09/2020 7:09:22 AM PDT by Kaslin
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Thanks for posting!
CS Lewis’ theology was often excellent, but he was not a theologian. He also didn’t preach a sermon. This is correctly termed an “Evensong message”.
Great article. Thanks for posting.
Great post, shared to friends on FB.
Thanks for posting a bit of sanity.
It was a good message regardless of your holier-than-thou attitude.
Thank you. Words of wisdom.
C.S. Lewis was a gem of a man. Such wise words. Thank you for posting.
He was a profound theologian who has won many souls to Christ abs inspired and taught generations of Christians
Anyone who cares about truth. That leaves you out apparently.
“It was a good message regardless of your holier-than-thou attitude.”
It was a good message. And there was no “holier-than-thou attitude” in what I wrote. Project much?
He wasn’t a theologian.
He was a devoutly Christian Protestant thinker and writer. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/2013/11/concerning-c-s-lewis-christian-apologist-not-theologian/
People who understand his writings well understand he was not a theologian nor did he ever claim to be one.
First time I've heard that phrase. Sounds like a Disney channel special.
I googled it and "Evensong mesage" is defined "a service of evening prayers, psalms, and canticles, conducted according to a set form of the Anglican Church".
So I'm pretty sure C.S. Lewis' advice wasn't an "evensong message", either.
systematics is only one part of theology. In it purest form theology translates as the study of God. Lewis certainly did that and communicated his conclusions to n a way that has touched millions. One does not need a formal degree to be a theologian
No, actually it’s true that it was a message and not a sermon. That’s why it is not based on a particular reading from the gospels. It’s not a sermon. It’s just a message. That’s how Anglican chapels for students often worked.
Again, this was an Evensong message, not a true sermon. Also, lay people can speak in Anglican churches from the pulpit but they need to be licensed to preach or teach. Was CS Lewis? I assume so, but this was not a sermon. It was just an Evensong message. It was not a sermon.
“So I’m pretty sure C.S. Lewis’ advice wasn’t an “evensong message”, either.”
If you want to use definitions, then it wasn’t a sermon either:
“In it purest form theology translates as the study of God. Lewis certainly did that”
No, you’re actually more correct here:
“and communicated his conclusions to n a way that has touched millions. One does not need a formal degree to be a theologian”
Lewis was not a theologian. He was a great explainer of Christian principles. He didn’t arrive at any of those principles so to speak. He just did an amazing job of explaining them. In other words, Aquinas was a great theologian. Lewis was the kind of man who took what Aquinas (more usually great Anglican divines) learned and made it easier for people to understand. Still, there’s a reason why Chris Mitchell of the Wade Center warns people that CS Lewis gained his understanding of virtue from Aristotle and not Aquinas.
In any case, Protestants should always be careful when praising Lewis. After all he believed in Purgatory and most of them don’t.
Bump for ever. Thank you and God bless.
I didnt say he got everything right! He was wrong on purgatory but so are a great many others. That does not diminish the power of his teaching on other things
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