Home » Uncategorized » Lewis on Reading Doctrinal Books Devotionally

Lewis on Reading Doctrinal Books Devotionally

17 December 2008

Heath McPherson on his FB site provides a great C.S. Lewis quote of which I was unfamiliar:image

"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 hand." —C.S. Lewis

One of the FB comments was, “What doctrinal books did Lewis read?”  I think you get out of doctrinal books whatever you put into them.  If I am reading them to get through them, or to debate with them, or to use them to debate with others, then they may not be so helpful. But if I read them asking, “What does this tell me about God?  About myself?  About our world?  Is this true to scripture and my experience?” then I think that doctrinal books can be extremely devotional. It depends, however, on the attitude that we bring to the books.

Uncategorized

No Comments to “Lewis on Reading Doctrinal Books Devotionally”

Leave a Reply

(required)

(required)