It seems that there is overwhelming interest in C.S. Lewis this year. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, played to record crowds and many bookstores carried C.S. Lewis displays in their Christmas offerings.
Those who know no more of him that what you see on the screen or by means of the action figures you get at a fast-food restaurant are cheating themselves. Lewis was a brilliant thinker and writer as evidenced in books like The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, A Grief Observed, and The Chronicles of Narnia, to name a few of his books.
To the Source just ran a list of some of Lewis’ many wonderful quotes. They are shared below. If you haven’t had a chance to read much of what he wrote, perhaps these will tantalize you to go to the library or bookstore today.
1. “Regarding the debate about faith and works: It’s like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important.”
2. “Man’s conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature’s conquest of Man.”
3. “A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere–‘Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,’ as Herbert says, ‘fine nets and stratagems.’ God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.”
4. “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
5. “Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
6. “Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can’t really get rid of it.”
7. “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.”
8. “Then he [Aslan, the Lion] isn’t safe?” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
9. “If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents – the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts – i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy – are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.”
10. “Man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”