“Don’t talk damned nonsense!” (C.S. Lewis)

Sunday Afternoon Musings

Lewis writings“The Christian idea is quite different. They think God made the universe–like a man making a picture or composing a tune. A painter isn’t a picture, and he doesn’t die if his picture is destroyed. You may say, ‘He’s put a lot of himself into it,’ but that only means that all its beauty and interest has come out of his head. His skill isn’t in the picture in the same way that it’s in his head, or even in his hands. I expect you see how the difference between Pantheists and Christians hangs together with the other one. 

If you don’t take the distinction between good and bad very seriously, then it’s easy to say that anything you find in this world is a part of God. But, of course, if you think some things really bad, and God really good, then you can’t talk like that. 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. Confronted with a cancer or a slum the Pantheist can say,

‘If you could only see it from the divine point of view, you would realise that this also is God.’

The Christian replies,

‘Don’t talk damned nonsense.’

For Christianity . . . thinks God made the world–that space and time, heat and cold, and all the colours and tastes, and all the animals and vegetables, are things that God ‘made out of His head’ as a man makes up a story. But it 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.”

—C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity, 33-34.

Let’s be about the business of living passionately for and like Jesus. Let’s live by Kingdom values and be about the business of preaching the gospel AND righting the wrongs of a world gone awry.


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