I recently was given an opportunity to have 2 books for the price of one. How could I pass that up?
The catch – I was limited to which books I could choose from. I admit without this strict boundary I wouldn’t have chosen:
“The Fellowship – The Literary Lives of the Inklings” by Philip Zaleski & Carol Zaleske The Inklings
In this book I have been introduced to people I really knew nothing about, though I thought I did.
C.S. Lewis? Of course! The Narnia Series.
J.R.R. Tolkien? Come on now – who doesn’t know “The Lord of the Rings”?
Now when it comes to Charles Williams and Owen Barfield I can admit I don’t know who they are.
I didn’t, in all honesty, know anything about any of them. And now, as I learn of the book “Mere Christianity” (that has sat on my bookshelf unread for years) I’m amazed. I’m encouraged, I’m excited and I run to the bookshelf and there it is – and I find on pages 51-52 the exact excerpt of “lunatic, liar or Lord”.
I go to “bing it” and there it is again – EVERYWHERE – Wikipedia, YouTube, Preachers and antagonists and on and on and on.
Where I have been?
Well, I guess I didn’t need it until now. Given the times we are in and the desire to share Christ with others, who often fill with contempt to the mere idea of talking about Christ, I find the timing to be right on target.
The most wonderful insight is that C.S. Lewis was an atheist for most of his life. If anyone knew how to argue Christ as Lord it was indeed Mr. Lewis – as a scholar from Oxford he knew all to well how to make an educated argument.
Here is an excerpt from the book “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis page 52
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. … Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.” – C.S. Lewis
(I chose to “bold” a portion of the text)
There are many youtube videos, I liked this one and you may enjoy it as well. The full reading of pages 51 – 52 from “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis