Theology in Stories: C. S. Lewis and the Narrative Quality of Experience

Gilbert Meilaender

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1981

Issue: Experience and Christian Faith (Vol. 1, No 3, Summer, 1981)

We will not, I think, fully understand the wide appeal of C.S. Lewis' writings until we think carefully about the importance of stories for communicating Christian belief. Lewis often depicts the whole of life in terms of what we might call the Christian story of creation, fall, incarnation, redemption, and resurrection. Beyond that, however, Lewis has, I believe, a strong sense of what Stephen Crites has called "the narrative quality of experience." The very nature of human existence—conceived in Christian terms—is best understood within narrative.

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