Making and Begetting


This chapter starts off a new book in Mere Christianity, and there are two major points that Lewis covers in his writing.

The first is that we have to have theology to really connect with and attempt to understand God. Though the creeds are written by man, and the practices may seem less than satisfactory at other times, we need these sorts of practical practices in our personal relationship with God in order to connect with Him more fully. Much like we need a map to know the way across the ocean. But without God, these creeds and practices are worthless, much like trying to experience life on the ocean by merely looking at a map. We need both experience and doctrine in order to have a full relationship with God.

Lewis then takes time to walk through how man can be a son of God and yet not a son of God. His discussion on the differences between “made” and “begat” is simply fantastic. Lewis is on-point, stating that one can make something, but that created item is not exactly like the creator. It can resemble the creator, and all of creation resembles God in some small way. But only when something is begotten is it identical to the creator. Or goal as Christians should be that we are found in the “begotten” category at the end of the day. (The discussion on the differences between Bios and Zoe are particularly helpful).

“And that is precisely what Christianity is about. This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there is a rumour going around the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life.” (page 159)

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