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Doctrine or Devotion?

July 1, 2009

We’ve been talking some over at Unlikely Christians about loving the Lord with heart and mind. Feel free to offer your thoughts if you have any on the matter. I came across this quote from C.S. Lewis (from his introduction to Athanasius’s On the Incarnation) and had to share it:

“For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand” (8).

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