Saturday, July 10, 2010

Missionaries to Great Britain! (Advice to Apologists, Part 6)

Our great danger at present is lest the Church should continue to practise a merely missionary technique in what has become a missionary situation. A century ago our task was to edify those who had been brought up in the Faith: our present task is chiefly to convert and instruct infidels. Great Britainengland-football-fans is as much part of the mission field as China. Now if you were sent to the Bantus you would be taught their language and traditions. You need similar teaching about the language and mental habits of your own uneducated and unbelieving fellow countrymen. Many priests are quite ignorant on this subject. What I know about it I have learned from talking in R.A.F. camps. They were mostly inhabited by Englishmen and, therefore, some of what I shall say may be irrelevant to the situation in Wales. You will sift out what does not apply....

C.S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics" (1945) included in God in the Dock (Eerdmans, 1970) 94.

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff! I guess the Emerging Church wasn't the first to realize that we needed to speak to today's audience, totally contextualized to our present culture!

    Here Lewis is even distinguishing English and Welsh culture! How's that for contextualizing the gospel! Great stuff! I really liked this reading from Lewis!