Here’s the full quote from his essay titled “Is Theology Poetry?” Lewis writes:
“The waking world is judged more real because it can thus contain the dreaming world; the dreaming world is judged less real because it cannot contain the waking one. For the same reason I am certain that in passing from the scientific points of view to the theological, I have passed from dream to waking. Christian theology can fit in science, art, morality, and the sub-Christian religions. The scientific point of view cannot fit in any of these things, not even science itself. I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
At GWC, we teach theology because we value theological knowledge. But, like Lewis, we recognise theology’s broader value
Sometimes people think that studying theology means being impractical and abstract. However, the opposite is true. Knowing God better means understanding his world, our lives, and people using theological tools. Since we’re in Africa, it means understanding God’s purpose in redeeming African cultures and valuing what God is doing here. Theology properly appropriated entails worship and witness that is both faithful to God and culturally sensitive. It means being shaped into the image of his Son, Jesus Christ, in both our understanding and in our behaviour.
There’s no theology that’s not practical. And people who study theology, but work in other disciplines, understand the foundational truths that underpin their ‘secular’ work better as well. All truth is God’s truth.