Patterico's Pontifications


November: Month Of C.S. Lewis

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:36 am

[guest post by Dana]

I did not realize this until this morning that C.S. Lewis was born in the month of November and died in November as well. Here is a brief look at the Christian apologist. While some will agree with its assessments, others may quibble. Given that many readers here are very familiar with Lewis’ writings and have drawn their own conclusions about this significant figure over the years, it would be interesting to hear your views. Suffice it to say, if you are anything like me, the passage of time has brought a more mature grasp (i.e. only somewhat less childish) and recognition of the skillful witty weaponry of seriousness the moral philosopher used to convey to readers the elegantly simple complexity that is God.

From a book that became my catechism for more than a year while suffering from debilitating physical pain, The Problem of Pain:

“The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of God who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word ‘love’ and look on things as if man were the centre of them.”

“Man is to be understood only in his relation to God.”

And of course, from The Screwtape Letters this devastating observation about the Christian:

“Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

Finally, the modern woman should sneer, but I knowingly nod:

“Oh God, make me a normal twentieth-century girl!’ Thanks to our labours, this will mean increasingly, ‘Make me a minx, a moron, and a parasite’.”


Bill Clinton, At It Again

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:33 am

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