Mere Christanity Essay

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TRINITARIAN CONTROVERSY (CONT’D) Reading: C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book IV (“Beyond Personality”), chapters 1-4 („Making and Begetting‟, „The Three-Personal God‟, „Time and Beyond Time‟, and „Good Infection‟) Preparation Questions: 1. How does Lewis try to make the Christian notion of the Trinity more understandable to his readers? Briefly discuss his explanation of the ideas of „begotten‟, „personalities‟, and the idea of God „beyond time‟. His explanation of the word begotten comes very easily when he says “a man begets a child, but he only makes a statue.” He makes things of the same nature as himself. Not everything is the same way he was but is in a way a statue of what god really was. 2. Considering question #1 above, choose one (1) passage from the Lewis reading that you think was most important (either to Lewis‟ argument or to your own understanding). Type out this quote and then explain why you think it’s important. Something I found important was when he says “we are not begotten by God; we are only made by Him: in our natural state we are not sons of God, only statues.” I think this is important because it is saying that if we share in this life of god that we will be sharing in this life of Jesus Christ and it will always exist, we came here to exist and share to other people this life and we will be blessed in doing so we are all sons of God. 3. Note that Lewis says that „Theology is practical‟. In what ways does Lewis see the theology of the Trinity as practical for the Christian life? That is, what difference would it really make (for Christians or for anyone else) if Jesus was fully God, or not? I think that it would change the perspective in the case that god sent is son on earth to do the things for us the people and if it was god who was doing this instead of his son, it would definitely change the way Christians think about

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