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Theology Is Practical: The Three-Personal God by C.S. Lewis

Holy Sonnets: Batter my heart, three-person’d God

Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp’d town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov’d fain,
But am betroth’d unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.


Basic Trinity mathematics says:

1 x 1 x 1= 1

Or… well… you could just take John at his word (emphasis added):

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

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  • John Venlet January 24, 2021, 4:33 AM

    A well done animation of a portion of that outstanding book of Lewis’ looking at the Trinity. I’ve also found Jacque Ellul’s view of the Trinity of interest, and think it is complimentary to Lewis’ more indepth explanation as presented above. Ellul, when asked about the Trinity, would respond that it really is rather simple to understand, and related it this way. One, you have a body. Two, you have thought and feelings. And three, you have a will. Ellul did elaborate on his view of the Trinity in some of his books, but I think Lewis presented the Trinity in a more robust way.

  • Cynyr January 24, 2021, 6:20 AM

    Thank you! This helps me focus, because Lewis much, much smarter than I am. I confess, I need the ‘purty pitchers’.

  • Anne January 24, 2021, 9:17 AM

    It’s a coincidence, but this piece:
    https://www.deseret.com/indepth/2021/1/18/21564215/why-hard-religion-is-important-american-faith-yuval-levin-gallup-declining-trust-in-institutions just came across my desk today also. (can I put also at the end of a sentence?) 🙂

  • James O'Neil January 24, 2021, 10:19 AM

    Yuval Levin’s essay is interesting Anne & Lewis’s thoughts as well, of course, but 3-5 generations having gone through public school Marxist indoctrination far too many ‘know’ god is in the White House and Joe is her front man.

  • EX-Californian Pete January 24, 2021, 1:52 PM

    Vanderleun, you’ve posted a lot of awesome stuff here, but that one is in my top 3.
    What a shame that I didn’t have a chance to meet you before I moved out of Butte County and CA.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Hangtown Bob and Peg January 24, 2021, 2:02 PM

    Thank you, Gerard. Peg and I both appreciate this………

  • Ann K. January 25, 2021, 6:31 PM

    For an illuminating and comprehensive look at the Book of John, see this series by Fr. Deacon Ezra at St. Elijah in Oklahoma City: https://youtu.be/RMsznl_NhhE.

  • Ann K. January 25, 2021, 6:34 PM

    I should have made clear that Fr. Deacon Ezra is Eastern Orthodox, not Catholic.

  • Jack January 26, 2021, 2:54 PM

    I enjoy reading Bruce Charlton’s blog and I recently read an entry by him where he encourages people to read the Gospel of John. Dr. Charlton is an incredibly intelligent guy and his blogs are always interesting but sometimes I wonder.

    In a not too old entry, Dr. Charlton explains that he believes the Gospel of John to have actually been written by Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha whom Jesus resurrected from a tomb after Lazarus had died and he further contends that Jesus was likely married to Mary Magdalene.

    The Dr. provides his reasoning for promoting these ideas and he actually makes a lot of sense in his argument. Y’all might want to check it sometimes.