Thursday, June 20, 2013

Creation (part 1)

When I learned my summer vacation with the in-laws this year was going to be a trip to Wyoming, I was somewhat taken aback.  What was I going to do out West?  The only vacations I have ever taken have been either to the beach or to a big city - never somewhere as "out there" as Wyoming.  However, all that changed when I stepped off the plane a few days ago into the most amazing natural habitat I had ever seen. 

(my summer vacation) Grand Tetons

The mountains shot up toward the blue sky pointing to an even more amazing Creator.  As the days have passed on this trip, I not only appreciate the countryside, but all that is embodied within it.  I have seen bald eagles, elk, buffalo, and bears roaming their homeland.  I have climbed a mountain that literally took my breath away.  I have been immersed in an abundance of nature - and can fully appreciate it away from the city lights and busy lifestyle I typically use.

View from our Hot Air Balloon

All this contemplation of God's creation instantly made me think of Romans 1:20, which states "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse" (NIV).   By this immersion in such vast nature, I cannot understand how people are not pointed toward the Creator.  This made me think of a paper I recently wrote for a class on C.S. Lewis's theology of Creation in which I will share with you in 5 installments.

The creation story – and all it entails – is perhaps one of the most widely known stories in today’s culture.  It seems that everyone is familiar with the story of Adam and Eve as told through the visual depictions of a man and woman wearing leaves to cover their nakedness.  Even the un-churched person understands that by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was an avenue in which evil entered.  The implication of creation, however, is much more than just a cute drawing for a church bulletin.  It entails a look at the Creator, the created, and how to respond to such a creation.  

The beloved writer C.S. Lewis delves into the theological implications behind Creation through an objective lens as he writes stories like The Chronicles of Narnia as well as non-fiction works such as The Abolition of Man.  He suggests analogies “of the Christian scheme of things”[1] in his books rather than providing a straight-forward proposition; this helps the reader actively participate in the process of understanding his theology.  Though Lewis’s personal thoughts on the topic are never stated bluntly, they are creatively embedded within his writing through analogy and prose to help the reader formulate their own opinions.

[1] Clyde S. Kilby, The Christian World of C.S. Lewis (Grand Rapids, MI: WM B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1964), 116.

-part 2 to follow....

1 comment:

  1. Lewis's theology...particularly as it played out in the fields of Narnia or the worlds of his Space trilogy...had a potent impact on the way that I have come to view Creation. What's most striking is the degree to which his thinking allows us to adapt to the wild complexity of Creation, without losing sight of the creative, gracious One who underlies and forms it.