Patricia Hofer

CS Lewis describes Christian denominations.

My worship experience in two distinctly different church practices and decades of Christian reading have freed me in a really remarkable way. They have brought me to a purpose in my writing that is, hopefully, not unlike what C. S. Lewis was describing in the preface of MERE CHRISTIANITY (xii). He explained that he was not offering “an alternative to the creeds of existing communions” but rather “a hall out of which doors open into several rooms.” He then concluded the preface with this image of Christian believing and worship: “I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions…It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. … It is true that some people may find they have to wait in the hall for a considerable time, while others feel certain almost at once which door they must knock at…When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.” (from Driving into the Dawn, chapter 21)

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