C.S. Lewis Quotes

Hello, I’m getting into a step latter in the Christian Literature. I’m reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity (1952). This is my first of Lewis’ and promise you I will write my review on this book after finishing this book (I’m on chapter 15 of 33). But I can’t wait to share these several high level awesome points Lewis made in this book. And these are must read ones:

And do you now begin to see why Christianity has always said that the devil is a fallen angel? That is not a mere story for the children. It is a real recognition of the fact that evil is a parasite, not an original thing. The powers which enable evil to carry on are powers given it by goodness. All the things which enable a bad man to be effectively bad are in themselves good things – resolution, cleverness, good looks, existence itself. That’s why Dualism, in a strict sense, will not work. (Book 2 Chapter 2 – The Invasion)

If a thing is free to be good, it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. (Book 2 Chapter 3 – The Shocking Alternative)

Repentance is no fun at all. It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years. It means killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death. In fact, it needs a good man to repent. And here comes the catch. Only a bad person needs to repent: only a good person can repent perfectly. The worse you are the more you need it and the less you can do it. The only person who could do it perfectly would be a perfect person – and he would not need it. (Book 2 Chapter 4 – The Perfect Penitent)

But the truth is that right actions done for the wrong reason do not help to build the internal quality or character called a ‘virtue’. (Book 3 Chapter 2 – the ‘Cardinal Virtues’)

The right direction leads not only to peace but to knowledge. When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not about either. (Book 3 Chapter 4 – Morality And Psychoanalysis)

Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of the body – which believes that matter is good, that God Himself once took on a human body, that some kind of body is going to be given to us even in Heaven and is going to be an essential part of our happiness, or beauty and our energy. Christianity has glorified marriage more than any other religion: and nearly all the greatest love poetry in the world has been produced by Christians. (Book 3 Chapter 5 – Sexual Morality)

Obviously, I used to say, a sane man accepts or rejects any statement, not because he wants to or does not want to, but because the evidence seems to him good or bad. If he were mistaken about the goodness or badness of the evidence that would not mean he was a bad man, but only that he was not very clever. And if he thought the evidence bad but tried to force himself to believe in spite of it, that would be merely stupid. (Book 3 Chapter 11 – Faith)

If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. So that when we talk of a man doing anything for God or giving anything to God, I will tell you what it is really like. It is like a small child going to its father and saying, ‘Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.’ Of course the father does, and he is pleased with the child’s present. (Book 3 Chapter 11 – Faith)

Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity

more quotes will be added gradually 🙂

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