Tuesday, March 17, 2009

All the thrills... and none of the cost

I'm reading C.S. Lewis again. His "Mere Christianity" is so quotable that I'd quote the whole thing here if I thought people would read it! But I imagine that even this paragraph will probably be skimmed over by many of my readers.
One reason why many people find Creative Evolution so attractive is that it gives one much of the emotional comfort of believing in God and none of the less pleasant consequences. When you are feeling fit and the sun is shining and you do not want to believe that the whole universe is a mere mechanical dance of atoms, it is nice to be able to think of this great mysterious Force rolling on through the centuries and carrying you on its crest. If, on the other hand, you want to do something rather shabby, the Life-Force, being only a blind force, with no morals and no mind, will never interfere with you like that troublesome God we learned about when we were children. The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen?
C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity"

1 comment:

Linda said...

Quote C.S. Lewis all you want, I'll always be reading it through!!! This was great! I gotta reread that book again.