By C. S. Lewis
In 1941 England, while all wish was once threatened through the inhumanity of conflict, C. S. Lewis was once invited to offer a sequence of radio lectures addressing the crucial problems with Christianity. greater than part a century later, those talks proceed to continue their poignancy. First heard as casual radio publicizes at the BBC, the lectures have been released as 3 books and hence mixed as Mere Christianity. C. S. Lewis proves that "at the guts of every there's something, or a anyone, who opposed to all divergences of trust, all alterations of temperament, all stories of mutual persecution, speaks with an identical voice," rejecting the limits that divide Christianity's many denominations. This 20th century masterpiece offers an unequaled chance for believers and nonbelievers alike to listen to a strong, rational case for the Christian religion.
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Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too—for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies. Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist—in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless—I found I was 38 t h e r i va l c o n c e p t i o n s o f g o d forced to assume that one part of reality—namely my idea of justice—was full of sense.
Human beings, after all, have some sense; they see that you cannot have any real safety or happiness except in a society where every one plays fair, and it is because they see this that they try to behave decently. Now, of course, it is perfectly true that safety and happiness can only come from individ-uals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other. It is one of the most important truths in the world. But as an explanation of why we feel as we do about Right and Wrong it just misses the point.
A child who grew up alone on a desert island would not know it. But surely it does not follow that the multiplication table is simply a human convention, something human beings have made up for themselves and might have made different if they had liked? I fully agree that we learn the Rule of Decent Behaviour from parents and teachers, and friends and books, as we learn everything else. But some of the things we learn are mere conventions which might have been different— we learn to keep to the left of the road, but it might just as well have been the rule to keep to the right—and others of them, like mathematics, are real truths.