Wednesday, December 16, 2009
C. S. Lewis
Here is how C. S. Lewis defined Christianity - "We are told that Christ was killed for us, that his death washed out our sins, and that by dying he disabled death itself. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed." - I like C. S. Lewis but this is not correct. There are many Christians who do not believe this, even if the majority do (e.g., google Marcus Borg). However, what CS believed does not contradict the Buddhist Christian view that Jesus was talking about enlightenment. Jesus spoke in parables, which have metaphorical meaning. Likewise, CS's definition is a metaphor that refers enlightenment. Metaphor is the language of religion. Mistaking metaphor for literal truth is the tragedy that undermines religion. Christianity is highly metaphorical. Buddhism is less metaphorical but I think that confusion between metaphor and literal truth still plays a strong role.