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Inside Language: C. S. Lewis and the Bible in the 21st Century

September 23rd, 2010 | Skip to comments

Inside Language: C. S. Lewis and the Bible in the 21st Century (10.5 MB)

Originally delivered as the 4th Annual Concordia University (Austin, TX) Lecture on C. S. Lewis on April 15th, 2010.

This invited talk is a meditation on what it means for Jack to say: “It is Christ himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him.” —C. S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis (8 November 1952), p. 247. I believe Lewis is one of those “good teachers,” whose commitment to apostolic doctrine and submersion in Christian tradition spared him from the twin excesses of fundamentalism and liberalism in his times, and continue to guard us from stumbling into them in our own.

It could be said that Jack, like Tolkien, “had been ‘inside language,’” understanding the complex relationships among word, image, metaphor, and myth, and how, as creatures made in God’s image, we are enjoined to make meaning: inside and outside of Scripture. The Bible’s purpose in our century and throughout those millennia preceding it is to “bring us to Him.”


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