1. Christianity as a ‘Big Picture’
It provides a way of looking at things in a coherent way.
“I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen; not only do I see it, but by it I see everything else.”
1. It illuminates reality
2. It allows us to see what is otherwise in shadows
3. It brings things into focus – like a lens
4. It helps us to see things as they really are – truth seeker
5. It allows us to fit things in – helps us make sense of the world but goes beyond reason
2. The Argument from Desire
In each of us there is a deep desire for something out of this world.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men. (Eccl 3:7)
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses 1941
The world is full of beauty – these are signposts to God, not just containers. Like the scent of flowers in a garden at night – you know they are there but you can’t see them. So nature tells us that there is something more.
3. Lewis on Imagination & Stories
Christianity tells a story that makes sense of things and connects up with our own stories.
In The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe children hear different stories about the true origin of Narnia, but gradually one story emerges as true.
Christian apologetics is about out-narrating the stories of the secular world.
Lewis believed we should use plain English to explain the deep truths.
“You must translate every bit of your theology into the vernacular.”
“We are here in the land of dreams. But cock-crow is coming.”
Your story is given depth and meaning by the great story, so you need to understand it.
[based on a lecture given by Alister McGrath, biographer of C S Lewis]