C. S. Lewis, Christianity, and Myth

Here is a short but telling quote from C. S. Lewis:

All I am in private life is a literary critic and historian, that’s my job. And I am prepared to say on that basis if anyone thinks the Gospels are either legend or novels, then that person is simply showing his incompetence as a literary critic. I’ve read a great many novels and I know a fair amount about the legends that grew up among early people, and I know perfectly well the Gospels are not that kind of stuff” (C.S. Lewis, Christian Reflections, 209)

Now remember that Lewis taught at both Oxford and Cambridge, and as a student achieved a prestigious “triple first,” the highest honors in three fields of study. He was no slouch, and his areas of specialization was literature. So all this malarkey about the bible stories being taken from earlier literature are debunked by Lewis.

Further attestation to the uniqueness of the gospels are found in the works of Edwin Yamauchi and the works of Ron Nash, who have definitively debunked the fantasy that the gospel accounts were taken from earlier non-Christian literature, such as Isis stories and the like. Yet we still have skeptics running around making pot shots, claiming that Christianity borrowed from pre-Christian myth literature. Their position has been thoroughly debunked by Lewis, Yamauchi, and Nash. The Bible is true, and the history is from eyewitness testimony.

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2 Responses to C. S. Lewis, Christianity, and Myth

  1. Arkenaten says:

    Unique they may very well be, and who am I to cast aspersions on CS Lewis?
    But whether they are inerrant and factual is another matter entirely. Something even CS Lewis could not offer adequate evidence for.

    • serja says:

      The factual evidences lies in the countless eyewitness testimony that even the disciple throw back at the the people claiming to be non-believers at times. For example;
      Acts 2:22(NLT)
      22 “People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene[a] by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know.
      and
      Acts 26:24-27(NLT)
      24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”
      25 But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth. 26 And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner! 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do—”
      The writer’s of the bible not only say “Look, we saw this'” or “We heard that'” but they turned the tables around right in front of their adverse critics saying, “You also know about these things, you saw them, you yourselves know about it!” No one would say that to their critics if it wasn’t true. Most of these critics wanted to kill them for their belief that they saw and heard, yet rejected! And many of there critics they told are irrefutable know people of historical fact! These are just two of many eyewitness scripture accounts.

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