During World War II the BBC ran a radio Broadcast featuring Theologian and author C.S. Lewis. His talks on faith gave hope to a war weary nation in a time of crisis. These radio talks inspired and eventually became the book you may be familiar with, “Mere Christianity.” Due to the war efforts the recordings were “recycled” and it appears this is the only surviving recordings.
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by Teresa Neumann : Oct 22, 2009 : Lillian Kwon – Christian Post
“What I’m after is getting the church to be united around deep church or mere Christianity, as C.S. Lewis said first, so that we can work together and move into mission and really present a unified front to a watching world instead of one that’s always arguing and complaining. Why would someone out there want to join a family that’s always arguing?”
Writing for the Christian Post, reporter Lillian Kwon reveals the thought processes behind Pastor Jim Belcher’s passion to see unity in the church.
As the title of his book suggests—Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional—Belcher uses C. S. Lewis’ term “deep church” to describe what he calls a third alternative to what many currently label the “traditional church” vs. the “emerging church.”
For those unfamiliar with those terms, the “emerging church” represents and appeals to postmodern Christians who are dissatisfied, or disagree with, some of the extra-biblical teachings of the traditional church that emanate from the scriptural exhortation to “be in the world but not of it.”
For example, writes Belcher, pointing out the weaknesses in both: “The traditional church is pacifist in the area of culture but not in the realm of politics, and the emerging church is pacifist in the realm of politics but not in the realm of culture. Both sides suffer from the lack of a comprehensive view of Christ and culture that treats the private and public realms in a consistent manner.”
“The emerging voices,” he continues, “blame the traditional church for being sectarian, having no desire to reach people in postmodern culture, being uninterested in the biblical call to be creative in the arts and having sold out to Christendom (the church-state political alignment)…The traditional voices argue the emerging church has succumbed to the worst forms of syncretism, becoming indistinguishable from the postmodern world they say they want to reach. They have assimilated, become worldly and lost their ability to be salt.”
According to the report Belcher’s “third way” is for Christians to be distinct from the surrounding culture but also engage it. “It’s a starting point,” he says, “not the end all and be all. I don’t think we’ve got it all figured out.”
“What I’m after is getting the church to be united around deep church or mere Christianity, as C.S. Lewis said first, so that we can work together and move into mission and really present a unified front to a watching world, instead of one that’s always arguing and complaining,” he said. “Why would someone out there want to join a family that’s always arguing?”
Follow the link provided to read the report in its entirety.
Eugene Peterson saying in his glowing endorsement, “When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of “The Shack.” This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” did for his. It’s that good!” Could it really be that good? Is it good enough to warrant positive comparison to the English-language book that has been read more widely than any other save the Bible? Yes! It is really that good.
This book made the Trinity come alive, it explained forgiveness in such a profound and yet simple way, that I know I’ll never be the same. It paints a beautiful and divine picture of dealing with offense towards God. Which almost all of us experience at one level or another.
I read this book in about 5 hours and probably could have finished it sooner except for the tears I was trying to hold back. This book is a must read and will definitely reach those who’ve hardened their hearts towards God because of the pain of offense. I will be sharing this book with many.
There are a few critics of Young’s grasp of Theology. But he lists many great theologians as influences: C.S. Lewis, A.W. Tozer, Ravi Zacharius to name a few. This genre is “Theological Fiction” which is hard to know exactly what the author was intending because there are no footnotes or cross references. I wouldn’t use this book as a Theological Text book…there are a few points where I am not sure he and I agree completely. But as they say, “When you eat fish you expect a few bones…just spit’em out.”
As C.S. Lewis, the great Oxford scholar and writer of the “Narnia” series who was once an avid atheist, wrote,
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a good moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
As C.S. Lewis also said,
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the ost progressive.”