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C.S. Lewis! Everybody tells you to read C.S. Lewis! He is presented as the magical pill that abolishes atheism. You would think that when you read him that he truly deals with the questions of atheists with understanding and tact, but he shows hardly any of them. He merely became a trophy for the Evangelical Christian community since he is educated and the majority of them are famous for reading only one book "The Bible" and tell you that all you really need for education is this one, good book. Well, I read this book on a trip where I got a couple of books by C.S. Lewis and one book by Rainer Maria Rilke. Can you believe I actually got more inspiration out of the Rilke book than I did out of C.S. Lewis? Something about the way C.S. Lewis writes makes me easily annoyed. I don't relish his writing. Yet everybody claims him, even Catholics like to claim him as one of their own when he says that he is just Church of England. He is, indeed, their trophy in a world that that doesn't appeal to rationalistic faculty but reasons rather in a triumphal, emotional manner.

On p. 5, C.S.Lewis is reasoning that all men, more or less, agree on morality, and if there are any difference, they are slightly different morality. He claims that people may have differed as to whether you should have one wife or four. But they have always agreed that you mustn't simply have any woman you liked".

Do you see his warped logic? I come from a patriarchal society and men may take two or three wives but still down deep inside know that they are wrong. To C. S. Lewis, as long as you take either one or 4 wives, you are fine, as long as you don't just take any woman you liked. Even Mohammad who had this harem of women, when he know that his daughter Fatima was going to have a second to her, he got mad and said in Arabic "la azzan" i.e. I don't permit. He said it 3 times. Here C.S. Lewis has a logic of his own that makes sense to him and to the Christian people who cheer loudly for him and have claimed him as their trophy.

On p. 33 of this book, he is attempting to make a case for a God who made the universe and it is obvious that C.S. Lewis is really ticked off with Pantheists as well as Atheists. He talks about the image of the paint and the artist who makes the paint who has a lot of himself in it because all that beauty of that work of art has come out of his head, he is the creator, etc. So far so good. Then C.S. Lewis is ready to kick the Pantheists where it hurts the worst as he says:

[Confounded 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". Then Christian replies,"Don't talk damned nonsense". For Christianity is a fighting religion. It thinks God made the world .............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"]

Wow! just reading that part, I felt yelled at by C.S.Lewis in the same breath Christian fundamentalists do. You dare to use your mind for a second, and lo and behold, the blow comes right in your face with the screaming of C.S. Lewis saying to you with his British accent as well as in his famous hot temper "Don't talk damned nonsense".

Who said this?

A professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge. In his religious zeal, he made sure to chew us up for the glory of God saying "Don't talk damned nonsense".

I ponder phrases that are foreign to my Egyptian vocabulary such as "freedom of thought", "freedom of expression" "freethinking",etc. and I find such concepts to be the best thing, the most romantic thing dear to my mind and my heart together, but apparently the passionately religious Oxford professor has nothing to do with them when he is in a dialogue with non-Christians. Frankly, he strikes me as somebody who writes for Christians and gets paid back with unceasing standing ovation. Reading that paragraph above shows me that he doesn't spend the slightest effort in reasoning with somebody who is outside Christianity. He tickles the fancies of Christian people in Evangelical churches and confirms to them what they want him to say, thus they feel vindicated over those "atheist infidels" over there. It is good to feel triumph over them every once in a while and try, even if using swearing and cursing is needed, to show them they don't have a lick of sense and Christians are the ones who have all of it.

C.S. Lewis quoted the Atheist or the Pantheist as raising a question about looking at cancer and saying "This is also God". Both the atheist and the pantheist are more brave and they don't seek to kiss up to anybody but they speak what is on their hearts, absolutely legitimate questions. It is would have been more honest of C. S. Lewis to say, "You have a point and like you, I don't have the answer either". That is better than acting as the apologist of the Christian community who always has an answer to every question in the world and got it all figured out.

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PublisherB&H Publishing Group
GanreNon Fiction
Release date 01.03.1999
Pages count64
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