Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The New Testament Knows Nothing of Solitary Religion

"No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.' It was one of the Wesleys, I think, who said that the New Testament knows nothing of solitary religion. We are forbidden to neglect the assembling of ourselves together. Christianity is already institutional in the earliest of its documents. The Church is the Bride of Christ. We are members of one another."

~ C. S. Lewis, "Membership" (1945)
in The Weight of Glory

2 comments:

Matt Gunter said...

All the more telling given that Lewis seems not to have "enjoyed" church attendance all that much and did not think much of his vicar.

Bryan Owen said...

Thanks for sharing those very interesting points, Matt.