a few gems

I’m reading CS Lewis’ classic The Weight of Glory and thought I’d share a few thoughts I’ve especially enjoyed.  Hope you do, too!

“If our religion is something objective, then we must never avert our eyes from those elements in it which seem puzzling or repellent; for it will be precisely the puzzling or the repellent which conceals what we do not yet know and need to know” (p. 34)

“To please God…to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness..to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son–it seems impossible, a weight or burn of glory which our thoughts can barely sustain.  But so it is” (p. 39)

“For if we take the imagery of Scripture seriously, if we believe that God will one day give us the Morning Star and cause us to put on the spendour of the sun, then we may surmise that both the ancient myths and the modern poetry, so false as history, may be very near the truth as prophecy” (p. 43)

“There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a mere mortal” (p. 46)

“If we thought we were building up a heaven on earth, if we looked for something that would turn the present world from a place of pilgrimage into a permanent city satisfying the soul of the man, we are disillusioned, and not a moment too soon” (p. 63)

“People are constantly claiming this unarguable and unanswerable status for moral judgments which are not really intuitions at all but remote consequences  or particular applications of them, eminently open to discussion since the consequences may be illogically drawn or application falsely made…The man who “just feels”” that total abstinence from drink or marriage is obligatory is to be treated like the man who “just feels sure” that Henry VII is not by Shakespeare or that vaccination does no good” (p. 69-71)

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