C.S. Lewis on Faith

26 Nov

C.S. Lewis had, of course, a great deal to say about faith in basically all of his excellent writings.  But when reading an essay titled “Is Theism Important?” (1962) from God in the Dock, I ran across the following, which I feel is an unusual, thought-provoking statement about how faith is sustained.

Emphasis is mine.

“The operation of Faith is to retain, so far as the will and intellect are concerned, what is irresistible and obvious during the moments of special grace.  By Faith we believe always what we hope hereafter to see always and perfectly and have already seen imperfectly and by flashes.  In relation to the philosophical premises a Christian’s faith is of course excessive:  in relation to what is sometimes shown him, it is perhaps just as often defective.  My faith even in an earthly friend goes beyond all that could be demonstratively proved; yet in another sense I may often trust him less than he deserves.”

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2 Responses to “C.S. Lewis on Faith”

  1. Joseph Edward Wages November 26, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews)

    • illero November 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Yes. I’m sure Lewis had the Hebrews scripture in mind at the time, since he basically restated it. I liked the way that he brought into play those “moments of special grace” that often form both the foundation of our faith and characterize our ongoing walk of faith. I have found this to be true in my own life, and occasionally have to revisit those moments of special grace to keep myself pointed in the right direction. I think these moments of grace underpin our hazy and dark view through the glass, too, as mentioned in Corinthians.

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