Christian Imagination in a Post-Christian World

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)

Last night Wendy and I saw War Of The Worlds. The movie was disappointing. But I was glad to see the trailer for C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Naria: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Much like The Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis’ children novel contained many biblical allegories. I haven’t read the novel, but I’m really excited that another Christian-penned classic is appearing on the big screen.

I remember reading C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity the first time. It was such an eye-opening experience. When I was a new Christian and wanting someone to help me build up the foundations of my faith while asking honest questions, C. S. Lewis came to help. I especially admire C. S. Lewis’ literary influence outside of the church, and I lament that there hasn’t been a notable Christian thinker with such a wide influence since him.

This brought something to mind. Two weeks ago, our intern minister Dickson led a Bible study on Genesis 1. After the group read through it, he asked us: “As Christians we’ve always accepted creation as truth. But do you find things in this passage that you have doubts about, that you want to ask questions about, that non-believers would ask also?” And he encouraged us to ask honest questions. Surprisingly, it was really really hard for us to come up with questions! We realized that we’ve been Christians so long that sometimes we failed to step back and ask honest questions. I appreciated it when Dickson encouraged us to think from the non-believers’ standpoint.

Perhaps this deficiency of having more thinking Christians’ influence in the world is because we’re just too enclosed in our own little Christian subculture. We’ve lost the ability to imagine and ask honest questions.

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2 thoughts on “Christian Imagination in a Post-Christian World

  1. yup, too many people seperate church life and real life way too much… little do we know, God is a God of the Real World too! :-)  Just because we try to make a living in real-life, doesn’t mean we have to ignore God to do so!

  2. I think you are exactly right, Tim. This is why church history, secular history, philosophies of all kinds (from the atheist type to the godly kinds), critiques from various religions against the Evnagelical subculture, etc. etc. etc. are all useful to us. Theological study should include all of these. These exposure cultivates in us self-awareness and also they help us to think anew whatever we are today to day. These things that undermine our self-confidence may eventually help us to rebuild our confidence in Christ and His living Word. This is why I keep on asking people to read short works like Carl Trueman’s The Wages of Spin, and Douglas Wilson’s A Serrated Edge.

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