God is a Dynamic Dance of Three Divine Persons

And that, by the way, is perhaps the most important difference between Christianity and all other religions: that in Christianity God is not a static thing– (not even a person–but a dynamic, pulsating activity), (but a dynamic, pulsating activity of three persons, who together comprise a perfectly glorious and loving divine life that is) almost a kind of drama.  Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 152, my strike through and addition)

In keeping with my thoughts on Gospel Life as a circle dance around Christ, I thought I would post this good quote by C.S. Lewis.  However, I do wish he had worked on his thought just a bit more.  When he says that God is not a static thing I want to shout “Yes!”  But then, in his efforts to improve that thought, he says that God is “not even a person.”  I think he goes off the biblical map here.  It’s as if he says, “God is not a static thing, He’s a dynamic thing.”  The movement from static to dynamic is good.  That he leaves God as a “thing” or “pulsating activity” is not so good.  I re-wrote the quote the way I wish Lewis had written it.

2 thoughts on “God is a Dynamic Dance of Three Divine Persons

    • Hahaha! You hit it right on the head Jeff. Lewis sure does get treated badly by some of those guys. Lewis was brilliant and delightful, but because he is more poetic than theologically precise, he is dismissed by a lot of theologians who would well to embrace his thoughts and improve them. That’s what Tim Keller does, which is why I like him so much.


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