Saturday, November 28, 2009

C.S. Lewis on Christianity


C.S. Lewis on the importance believing something because it's true:

"Christianity is not a patent medicine. Christianity claims to give an account of facts- to tell you what the real universe is like. Its account of the universe may be true, or it may not, and once the question is really before you, then your natural inquisitiveness must make you want to know the answer. If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however, helpful it might be: if it is true, every honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all." [1]

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

1. C.S. Lewis as quoted by Ken Boa in Passionate Living: A Devotional- Wisdom and Truth.

3 comments:

Jake said...

Hey Chad,
Thanks for the C.S. Lewis article!

Jake

Samuel said...

Ol' C.S. is using Modal logic.... IF it is true, then everyman will want to believe it.

He isn't saying "believe something because it's true." If you knew it was true, you wouldn't need to believe it. Faith comes in where knowledge is not entirely filled.

I think you can take C.S.'s statement to any faith.... "if Faith-A is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be: and vice versa."

The real question is whether or not the Faith in question is True....

Chad said...

Samuel,

You wrote:

"The real question is whether or not the Faith in question is True...."

I agree completely. What do you believe to be true?

Take care