Monday, November 28, 2005

Legacy of Lewis Part 2

Narnian Theology

On Election: "'You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,'" said the Lion."
--The Silver Chair, Chronicles of Narnia

On Faithfulness: "I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."
--The Silver Chair, Chronicles of Narnia

On the Passion: "'When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.'"
--The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Chronicles of Narnia

Other Wisdom

On Morals and Ethics:
"The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than of planting a new sun in the sky or a new primary colour in the spectrum..."
--Christian Reflections

"The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys..."
--Mere Christianity

"The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike...Unless we return to the crude and nursery-like belief in objective values, we perish."
--Christian Reflections

On Mankind:
"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."
--Mere Christianity

"A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own powers--including even his power to revolt...It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower."
--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy."
--Mere Christianity

"If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?"
--Encounter with Light

On Reality:
"Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning..."
--Mere Christianity

"Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side."
--Surprised by Joy

"Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn't have guessed. That's one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It's a religion you couldn't have guessed."
--The Case for Christianity

(above photo: Magadalen College, Oxford, where Lewis taught.)