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Enjoying the atonement…

April 27, 2012

I’m currently reading and enjoying ‘Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis‘ by Michael Ward. The book deals with the theology of Lewis as portrayed through the Narnia books, within the context of Ward’s theory that the books have a secret level of meaning based upon the seven planets of medieval literature. Recently this quote stood out:

In the first Narnia book “‘The children do not dwell on the sacrifice of Aslan. They know that it is grave, painful and terribly significant, but they do not try to understand it’… Lewis was not so much interested in how the atonement worked as in the fact that it worked. ‘How’ questions though useful up to a point, were, in his view, inexhaustible. We can never ‘look at’ the atonement from the outside, determining scientifically its means of operation, the relative quantities of human and divine action, the precise calibration of the juridical element. At some point we must simply Enjoy it as one feature of the divine life.’

How much time do you spend enjoying the fact of the atonement, that Christ has dealt with that which separated us from the Eternal God, and are you in danger of simply studying it, know the facts, knowing the theories and arguing over the minutiae?

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  1. April 27, 2012 6:58 pm

    Wow! This sounds like a book I must read, Mike. The Narnia series is one of my all time favorites.
    I love this idea – to not dwell on the “how” but just enjoy the fact that the atonement happened. Beautiful and oh, so freeing!
    Blessings to you! Glad to see you back here, too!

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