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August 3, 2007 / compassioninpolitics

Christianity meets Theology

How do we interact with theology? What do we do with doctrine? What do they both have to say to me? To my daily walk and Christian living? Well, I was reading CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity yesterday and came across three important concepts (which I’ve provided and let Mr. Lewis speak for himself a bit):

Doctrines aren’t God, but they can help provide reference points to help us find him. “Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map…And secondly, if you want to get any further, you must use the map”

One needs to actively combine experience and theology. Some writers call this praxis.
“Neither will you get anywhere by looking at maps without going to sea. Nor will you be very safe if you go to sea without a map.”

Theology is practical for all of us. Its important, or dare I say imperative, because otherwise you risk, “…believing the earth is flat”

What do you think? Does CS Lewis have it right? Do you agree? What does this mean for us? Or alternatively, do you have a favorite CS Lewis quote or online resource?

ps. I believe the quotes are from around page 155 for those CS Lewis and theology folks out there.

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