Friday, July 9, 2010

Talking in today's language: Advice to Apologists (Part 5)

Our business is to present that which is timeless (the same
yesterday, today, and tomorrow [Hebrews 13:8]) in the particular language of our own age.michelle-obama-wilma-flintstone  The bad preacher does exactly the opposite: he takes the ideas of our own age and tricks them out in the traditional language of Christianity. Thus, for example, he may think about the Beveridge Report [on the social security system in Britain] and talk about the coming of the Kingdom. The core of his thought is merely contemporary; only the superficies is traditional. But your teaching must be timeless at its heart and wear a modern dress.

C.S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics" (1945) included in God in the Dock (Eerdmans, 1970) 93-94.

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