Sunday, August 1, 2010
C.S. Lewis on Jesus and Christianity
"I am trying 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.
"We are faced, then, with a frightening alternative. This man we are talking about either was (and is) just what He said or else a lunatic, or something worse.. I have to accept the view that He was and is God.
(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, (New York: MacMillan, 1943, pages 55-56)
--->See also Lewis' Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism
Jesus the Man Who Lives---by Malcolm Muggeridge
Is our [modern] skepticism one more manifestation of our having--in Bonhoeffer's unhappy phrase--come of age? It would be difficult to support such a proposition in the light of the almost inconceivable credulity of today's brain-washed public, who so readily believe absurdities in advertisements and in statistical and sociological prognostications before which an African witch-doctor would recoil in derision. With Pascal it was the other way around; while accepting, with the same certainty as he did the coming of the seasons, the New Testament account of Jesus' birth, he had already seen through and scornfully rejected the pretensions of science. Now, three centuries later, his intuition has been amply fulfilled...Cont.
--->Between Mr. Obama and Gingrich, it's no serious choice at all
--->Population Controller Bill Gates Proposes Male birth control: stopping sperm with ultrasound. Would it be too much to ask for him to try it on those in his circles first?
--->Top Fed Official Offers Dire Forecast, Says Economy Will Suffer For Years . Usury and monopoly!
--->Goldman Sachs Wants To Manage Your Retirement Account. Before or after the trials of the century?
Benedict XVI Warns Usury Leads to Despair
In Caritas in Veritate (2009), in the midst of the most severe global crisis since the Great Depression, Pope Benedict XVI, wrote, "...In these days when financial difficulties can become severe for many of the more vulnerable sectors of the population, [they] should be protected from the risk of usury and from despair" (No. 65)