“A tough bit of theology” by C.S. Lewis

“For my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others.

I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hands.”

–C.S. Lewis, “On the Reading of Old Books,” in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, Ed. Walter Hooper (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970), 205.

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2 responses to ““A tough bit of theology” by C.S. Lewis

  1. Definitely true for myself.

  2. Ponticianus

    Lewis says something similar about reading the Fathers vs reading modern commentaries on the Fathers in his preface to St Athanasius’ On the Incarnation: “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means old books” (4-5).

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