Monday, October 4, 2010

Mere Christianity: Book 2 (What Christians Believe); Chapter 1 (Rival Conceptions of God)

 I write today just series of quotations from this chapter, from them, you can make your own conclusion.  Enjoy.

"If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through."

"If you are Christian, you are free to think that all those religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of the truth."

"As in arithmetic--there is only one right answer to a  sum, and all other answers are wrong; but some of the wrong answers are much nearer being right than others."

"'We call a cancer bad,' [the pantheists] would say, 'because it kills a man; but you might just as well call a successful surgeon bad because he kills a cancer. It all depends on the point of view.'"

"You must believe that God is separate from the world and that some of the things we see in it are contrary to his will."

"But [Christianity] also thinks that a great many things have gone wrong  with the world that God made and that God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again."

"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust.  But how had I got this idea of just and unjust?  A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line."

"Thus, in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist--in other words that the whole of reality was senseless--I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality, namely my idea of justice--was full of sense."

"Consequently, 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: Just as if there were no light int he universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark.  Dark would be a world without meaning."

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