Mere Theology

by Glen H. Jones

Literary giant and Christian apologist C. S. Lewis did not consider himself a theologian, but his writing demonstrates a deep understanding of Christian theology. Princeton professor Will Vaus has sifted Lewis's writing to demonstrate his (Lewis's) deep commitment to the Christian faith. Using arguments from morality, reason, the Scriptures, and from Christ Himself, Lewis explained Christian teachings with clarity.

Foundational to Lewis's theology was his belief that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. However, he did not believe that the Holy Spirit dictated every word to the sacred writers. His views of the Triune God as revealed in Scripture are considered orthodox. He held to the deity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

He held to divine creation, ex nihilo, but he believed that the Genesis account was taken from early extra-biblical sources. Lewis held that animals existed on earth long before humans. He did not believe that contradicted his belief in divine creation.

Lewis's writings on the Fall of humanity into sin show some fuzziness. He seemed unable to grasp or to accept that we were all in Adam when he sinned. His strongest statement on original sin was that Adam transmitted the sinful condition to his offspring.

His strongest teachings are reserved for the person and work of Christ. The Incarnation (God in the flesh) was accomplished through the Virgin Birth. The death of Christ on the cross accomplished salvation for the individual by cleansing him from his sin. The bodily resurrection of Christ energized the preaching of the early church.

Lewis also had clearly defined views on Satan, hell, temptation, sexual immorality, divorce, baptism, communion, prayer, and heaven.

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