C. S. Lewis on Communicating Theology Well

August 11, 2013 — 2 Comments


You must translate every bit of your Theology into the vernacular. This is very troublesome, and it means you can say very little in half an hour, but it is essential. It is also of the greatest service to your own thought. I have come to the conviction that if you cannot translate your thoughts into uneducated language, then your thoughts were confused. Power to translate is the test of having really understood one’s own meaning.

C.S Lewis in Christian Apologetics quoted in C. S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

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  • PsalomonRapz

    I think it was Albert Einstein who said ‘if you can’t explain something in simplicity, you probably don’t understand it well enough to teach it’ or something like that haha. But C.S. Lewis brings the message home well(as he often did)!

    • http://www.jonathansherwin.net/ Jonathan Sherwin

      Yes, I think you’re right. Always a good quote!