10 memorable quotes from C.S. Lewis

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  • lmr Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    One of my C.S.Lewis favorites (sort of recall also referenced by Noam Chomsky):

    "Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe in Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have. So let us leave behind all these boys' philosophies--these over simple answers. The problem is not simple and the answer is not going to be simple either."

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    @Proud Duck,

    If you'd care to give specific instances in Lewis' writings to refute what I posted, I'd be happy to read them.

    One of Lewis' more prominent pronouncements is that God doesn't send anyone to hell. No, you send yourself to hell--by not believing in Christianity.

    He also claims that your door in hell is locked from the inside. Meaning, you could open it but you choose not to, by not believing in and obeying the Christian version of God.

    Has he ever said that a good person who isn't a Christian would escape eternal torture?

    It's very easy to say "Nonsense!"--not so easy to make valid counterpoints. I welcome your telling me what I missed in Lewis' writings by my not having "an open mind."

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Nov. 21, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Free Agency - Nonsense. Which you would know, had you ever read Lewis paying attention and with anything resembling an open mind.

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Like many religious dogmatists, C.S. Lewis wrote under the automatic assumption that if you didn't believe in his particular religion, you didn't believe in God. Variation: if you didn't accept his particular religion, you were "disobeying God," and being arrogant and willful.

    The fact is, many people who don't believe in Lewis' particular religion (or any particular religion) have a very strong sense of God's presence. These people call themselves "spiritual but not religious," and it's a growing demographic.

    When it requires the threat of eternal torture to get people to come around to someone's particular religion, you know you're as far from God as you can possibly be. There are many paths to the Creator, and surely no one will be faulted (much less tortured) by taking the one which most resonates with his own spirit.

    Several years ago, I stayed at a Catholic retreat center. The center had Jewish mezuzahs on all its doorposts. (A mezuzah is a small container holding a bit of scripture.)

    When I asked a nun why *they* had mezuzahs on their doorposts, she said very firmly, "God is not a Catholic."

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    I have read many of these books. Thank you for celebrating his works in this short article.

  • brokenclay Chandler, AZ
    Nov. 20, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    “What would really satisfy us would be . . . a senile benevolence . . . whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all.’”

    Brilliant. Westerners, and especially Americans, have become far too accustomed to the redefinition of the moral good as comfort or pleasure, and of moral evil as discomfort or pain. Sure, science can tell us what this revised morality is, what feels good and what feels bad, but it's a shallow and bankrupt morality with no backbone.

    "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."

    "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison."

    "Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good."

    "At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity."

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    On Nov. 22, 1963, C.S. Lewis passed away at 5:45 GT. Aldous Huxley died at 5:20 pm GT on 22 November 1963. The obituaries of both British authors got blown right off the newspapers and television when President John F. Kennedy died on the same day at 6:00 pm GT. This coincidence inspired Peter Kreeft's book "Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, & Aldous Huxley."

  • J.D. Aurora, CO
    Nov. 19, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    I'm finding more and more that we are learning allot more from people like C.S. Lewis about truth and discipleship than they are learning from us.