Monday, February 9, 2015

Theology as a Map

Theology is known for being very complicated, using philosophical terms in order to explain the unexplainable and the ‘hard’ questions of life, such as what is the truth, who is God, why do we die etc. However a beautiful depiction of what theology is, is given to us by C.S. Lewis, who explains that Theology and the Doctrines of the Church, which preserve the treasures of the Christian faith, are just like a map. This map can and does lead us to the ultimate objective, to the Christian Ithaca; it leads us to salvation and communion with God; it leads us to theosis. C.S. Lewis explains:

‘Theology is like the map. Merely learning and thinking about the Christian doctrines, if you stop there, is less real and less exciting. . . Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But the map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God- experiences compared with which any thrills or pious feelings you and I are likely to get on our own are very elementary and very confused. And secondly, if you want to get any further, you must use the map. . .’[1]

[1] Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, (London, Collins, 2012), p.154.

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