Monday, May 14, 2012

We All Want Progress---C.S. Lewis

Had to share this quote:

You might have felt you were ready to listen to me as long as you thought I had anything new to say; but if it turns out to be only religion, well, the world has tried that and you cannot put the clock back.  If anyone is feeling that way, I should like to say three things to him.

First, as to putting the clock back.  Would you think I was joking if I said that you can put a clock back, and that if the clock is wrong it is often a very sensible thing to do?  But I would rather get away from that whole idea of clocks.  We all want progress.  But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be.  And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.  If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. --Mere Christianity, Kindle Edition.  Location 563-572

Chew on that a little bit.  I know I am.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Well, Lewis certainly is heading in the direction of Catholicism on this one. It has been said that if he had lived, he would have become a Catholic like his contemporary, Malcomb Muggeridge.

From long experience, I have found the 2 questions that need to be answered are: 1) On whose authority do we interpret Scripture? 2) How does Doctrine develop?

This post has to do with the 2nd question. It is crystal clear that in the last 50 years, Lutheran Doctrine has simply followed the culture. CWA09 was the final proof.

Catholic Doctrine develops ORGANICALLY, in the line of the Tradition of the Apostles. (See Acts 2:42)

The interpretation of Scripture comes from the unity of the Church under Peter, and the development of Doctrine flows from the unbroken Line of the Apostles, the Magisterium.

There is great beauty in simplicity.