“Remember your Aristotle—the universal form adheres within particulars. If you set out to tell a story about Everything, you’ll get nothing. It will be so broad and ambitious that it ends up signifying nothing. But if you, for instance, tell a story about an ordinary family in an ordinary Texas town, you might end up with an incredible story of love and loyalty and duty, of courage during times of trouble, and of fidelity to people and to place, that speaks in universally accessible language. By committing yourself to a particular confessional (and orthodox) tradition, you open to yourself the full riches of Mere Christianity. To paraphrase Lewis: Aim for the particulars of a specific confessional tradition and get the universals of mere Christendom thrown in. Aim for mere Christendom without any confessional roots, and you’ll get neither.”
Jake Meador, from The Invisible Anglicanism of C.S. Lewis, at Mere Orthodoxy.
This is a brilliant article pointing out how valuable C.S. Lewis was because, not in spite, of his devotion to a particular (orthodox) tradition. This reminds me of something Rich Mullins once said about how people should be more devoted to their own churches and denominations and not less. That struck me as strange at the time, but worked on me. We live in an era of Do-It-Yourself spirituality, and are finding so many chains in our supposed freedom. Like the culture’s experiments with sex and subversion, we will find that it can grow very cold for us, once we have burned all our homes. -Sam