Friday, September 08, 2006

Mere Christianity

Well, I finally got around to the warhorse of C.S. Lewis' library. Not that I'd been putting it off, but I have to space out my readings of Lewis - to save them for savoring and to give myself a break because he can be tough sledding sometimes (though he wasn't in Mere Christianity - it's very accessible).

When Michael of the 2blowhards recently said, in a nutshell (and I paraphrase wildly here), "It's well written but gosh I just can't give half a damn after a while.", well that amused the hell out of me (Michael has that rare gift of being entertaining even when he's panning something), so I had the library get me a copy.

Of course, being a Christian, I dug the hell out of it.

But then, Mere Christianity really does seem to be written for we believers. So much of it only makes sense within the rubric of the Christian worldview.

I was gonna include a few passages from the book that spoke to me here, but, gosh, I just don't feel like typing it all in. And besides, you'll either read the book yourself or not read any of it at all, so why go to the effort, eh?

So, I'll just leave you with a great crack he gets off at those who use Christian symbology to mock the same - mostly because it made me laugh out loud (hope you do, too):

There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of 'Heaven' ridiculous by saying they do not want 'to spend eternity playing harps'. The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them. All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a merely symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible. [Lewis then illustrates a few, but I'll spare you.] People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs.


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