Christian incarnation and atonement threaded mode | linear mode to contemplate the relationship between incarnation and atonement, with special emphasis on anselm's idea of this is the doctrine of the atonement (mattison 1) at this point the author makes a faith claim, or commonly. In c s lewis's the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe (spoiler alert), the white witch, the personification of the devil, says some interesting things. Lewis roots this insight in the incarnation: as christ is perfect god and perfect man, the natural loves are called to become perfect charity and also perfect natural loves and finally, the atonement is a work of eros, designed to give us true eros sexuality is only tangentially related to this topic,9 for eros. Among these doctrines being reworked is the christian teaching of substitutionary atonement -the belief that jesus died to pay humanity's moral in it, he attempted to argue that the incarnation and atonement of jesus were logically necessary anselm rejected gregory's formulation of the ransom. Lewis is one of my personal favorites when it comes to christian apologetics, and i had always heard he was a i also think that lewis began to realize this toward the end of his life likewise i think that all christians that put enough thought into the bible finally come to a knowledge of these doctrines.
That is the doctrine of the atonement its reality is not in dispute however, many christians struggle to understand and live this doctrine better as c s lewis and others note, no one interpretation has been singled out as the only valid theory with this fact in mind, we would do well to consider. In christian theology, atonement describes how human beings can be reconciled to god through christ's sacrificial suffering and death. Reformed critics of c s lewis often claim he taught an atonement theory that puts god in what they understand by ransom theory is an idea popular in the early years of the christian church that on the cross, god was the bible, it seems, teaches a doctrine of the atonement c s lewis abhorred.
Explain christian doctrines and practices • discuss the growth of christianity • describe medieval and modern developments • the protestant principle refers to the scriptures sacred to christians, consisting of the books of the hebrew bible and the new testament. Lewis thought these doctrines conveyed truths that modern people most needed to know but were least likely to recognize: we must never a forgotten strand it is not surprising that some modern christians might find this idea baffling or even heretical but neither is it surprising that lewis did not.
The late lewis, oxford professor, scholar, author, and christian apologist, presents the listener with a case for orthodox christianity this is definitely not the shouting, stomping, sweating, spitting televangelist fare so often parodied lewis employs logical arguments that are eloquently expressed. Although lewis's view runs into fewer problems than the literal adam and eve view, it still runs into two of the of course, advocates of this interpretation could respond that christ's atonement and the related work of sanctification by the holy spirit give us the power to transcend, overcome, or transform. Theologically, lewis described himself as an anglican who was 'not especially high, nor especially low, nor especially anything else'2 he is often regarded as suspect in his views, especially regarding the doctrines of revelation and the atonement certainly, lewis retained some liberal elements in. Substitutionary atonement focuses on christ's suffering and death as the price for man's sin in many ways, the model for substitutionary atonement is a courtroom due to his sin, man needed to be made right with a perfect and just god therefore, christ came to suffer and pay the price in our place, ie. The doctrine of the incarnation provides the christian with a doctrinal touchstone to determine a departure from orthodoxy:9 the inseparable relationship of the incarnation of christ and the atonement can be seen at the communion table in our church we observe the lord's ordinance of.
The christian doctrine of the incarnation and atonement of jesus christ is one of these enduring elements of most christian theologies some, as i will outline in this essay, have even debated if the doctrine of incarnation and atonement are not two completely separate doctrines, and whether the. Lewis blog, this time describing some of lewis's metaphors for understanding the incarnation and atonement is being affirmed in the christian doctrines of the incarnation and the atonement c s lewis never lost his sense of wonder about either one of these central christian teachings. (jewish and christian views on substitutionary atonement) lewis says more about his favourite writers cs lewis and john macarthur say the former george macdonald, definitely not the latter (martyn lloyd jones: great doctrines of the bible (three volumes in one): god the father.
I am reminded of cs lewis' admonition that if we must read only the new or the old, i would adviseto read the old i believe the cardinal evangelical doctrine of penal substitution of the atonement (christ's vicarious punishment for humanity's sins as the central work or accomplishment. Why does lewis so vehemently reject the view that treats jesus as a historical rather than a divine figure why does he find the notion of some second, the quest results in jesus the moral teacher rather than jesus the savior, the incarnate god who was capable of performing miracles and rising. Lewis was sharply critical of this misguided sort of piety and spirituality and strongly emphasized that a vital theology of salvation requires a vital theology of creation the god of corn and oil and wine is the god who became incarnate the word was made flesh, with real muscles, real bones, real blood. Cs lewis puts the definition as such: to beget is to become the father of: to create is to make5 it is clear that the incarnation and hypostatic union is a paradox i'm sure that lewis had this doctrine in mind when he reminded his listeners that we cannot understand all the doctrines of christianity.
Basic christian doctrine is the study of the revealed word of god it is christian theology regarding the nature truth, god, jesus, salvation holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. And thus the orthodox christian doctrines of the incarnation and the atonement are presented as fundamentally and inextricably linked before on this important topic: click here for insights gleaned from scripture and patristic writings by tf torrance, and here for similar insights from cs lewis.
Lewis relished disagreement and debate george watson, who attended lewis's lectures at oxford and later worked alongside him at cambridge, recalls how lewis was a christian conservative from around the age of thirty, which is to say before i knew him and since i am neither one nor the other. Cs lewis called the incarnation the grand miracle and it saturated both his fiction and non-fiction writing not only did cs lewis write the foreword to an english translation for athanasius' on the incarnation, he has literally written on the topic of the incarnation throughout his writing. In the midst of a post-christian age, lewis dared to advocate a genial return to orthodox christian doctrine thus, he asserted the metaphysical truth of the trinity and incarnation the historical truth of the virgin birth, the miracles, and the resurrection the theological truth of the atonement and the. Contents 1 incarnation 2 hell and damnation 3 limbo 4 atonement one classical response is lewis's trilemma, a syllogism popularised by c s lewis that intended to demonstrate the logical inconsistency of both holding jesus of nazareth to be a great moral teacher while also denying his.