On a personal God

Here’s a quote from CS Lewis, from the book ‘Miracles’ (which I don’t think I’ve actually read yet). I could fill up this blog with Lewis quotes and it’d probably be better than the rambling that usually finds its way here instead, so I guess this is a special treat.

 

It is always shock­ing to meet life where we thought we were alone. “Look out!” we cry, “it’s alive.” And there­fore this is the very point at which so many draw back—I would have done so myself if I could—and pro­ceed no fur­ther with Chris­tian­ity. An “imper­sonal God”—well and good. A sub­jec­tive God of beauty, truth, and good­ness, inside our own heads—better still. A form­less life-​​force surg­ing through us, a vast power which we can tap—best of all. But God him­self, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, per­haps approach­ing at an infi­nite speed, the hunter, king, husband—that is quite another mat­ter. There comes a moment when the chil­dren who have been play­ing at bur­glars hush sud­denly: was that a real foot­step in the hall? There comes a moment when peo­ple who have been dab­bling in reli­gion (“Man’s search for God”!) sud­denly draw back. Sup­pos­ing we really found him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, sup­pos­ing he had found us!”

 

Thanks to this article, discussing the interesting current prayer experiment (non-scientific) by the ‘Unbelievable’ radio programme in the UK – a great source of discussion on reason and the Christian faith.

 

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