C.S. Lewis: ‘Is Theology Poetry?’

On recognising empirical facts expressed in metaphorical truth C.S Lewis Wrote:

‘I am certain that in passing from the scientific point of view to the theological, I have passed from dream to waking.Christian theology can fit in science, art, morality, and the sub-Christian religions. The scientific point of view cannot fit in any of these things, not even science itself. I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has set or risen,  not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else’ [1]

A minor point hidden within this quote is Lewis’ defence of faith and science against the tyranny of militant ideology.

My own answer to this question is yes and no. The reason being that theology allows for metaphor yet does not blindly follow it. Just as theology allows for empiricism yet does not allow itself to be lead around blindfolded by it. As I currently understand it, metaphorical truth is a useful point of reference; a starting point for expression that can and often does communicate empirical fact relationally.


[1] C.S. Lewis, in Walmsley, L, 2000 Essay Collection, p.21 Harper-Collins (italics mine)

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