A few months ago we did a series on the Chronicles of Narnia, but CS Lewis wrote a lot more than just one series of excellent novels, so I want to spend time with a few of his other writings this week.
Lewis wrote an essay entitled “Christian Apologetics” published in the book, God in the Dock. As an apologist himself, he understood that it was important for people to see Christianity as something real. He wrote, “The great difficulty is to get modern audiences to realize that you are preaching Christianity solely and simply because you happen to think it true; they always suppose you are preaching it because you like it or think it good for society or something of that sort.”
That challenge remains for Christians today. I do indeed believe that Christianity is good for society, and I do like it. I won’t deny that. However, I like Bilbo Baggins, and I think that a society full of hobbits would be a great thing. It certainly doesn’t follow that hobbits are real. Similarly, it would be ridiculous for me to argue that Christianity is true simply because I like it, or it would be good for society.
The problem is that this is the type of category that many people want to force any type of religious thought into. They want to push religion out of the realm of truth and into the land of fairytales. Just like we can learn valuable lessons by reading The Lord of the Rings, we can learn good lessons from reading the Bible, but that does not make either one true in the mind of the modern skeptic.
The problem is that Christianity does not belong in fantasy genre. We need to clarify this misconception right from the beginning.
As much as I love Gandalf, I know that the fact that he exists in The Lord of the Rings does absolutely nothing for me. It would simply be foolish for me to trust him for my salvation. As Christians, we understand this, but the world around us doesn’t quite get that we seem to believe literally in the truth of Christianity rather than in the positive effects of Christianity.
 C. S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics" in God in the Dock (New York: HarperCollins, 1994), 90-91, Kindle Edition.
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