C.S. Lewis on Jesus and Progress

4 Jan

In a recent column offered by Chuck Norris, titled “The Case for Christmas (Part 2)”, Chuck highlights some thoughts from C.S. Lewis that I like and wish to share.  Below is an excerpt from that column.  The full column is at http://www.creators.com/opinion/chuck-norris/the-case-for-christmas-part-2.html

Excerpt:

It’s no surprise that C.S. Lewis — the great Oxford scholar, writer of the “Chronicles of Narnia” series and one who was also once an avid atheist — wrote in his timeless classic “Mere Christianity”: “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

And for those who think religious belief is obsolete in our modern era, Lewis also had a good word and reminder: “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

[End of excerpt]

I especially like the reference to what being a “progressive” really means.  In a more literal sense than we most often use the term, a progressive is not (or should not be) a person who favors change, but rather a person who favors change toward a better, or more noble, or more moral outcome.  In this sense, I suspect every one of us, liberal or conservative, would like to think of himself as a progressive.

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2 Responses to “C.S. Lewis on Jesus and Progress”

  1. Joseph Edward Wages January 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    What can I say? The man hits the nail squarely on the head.

    • illero January 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      Doesn’t he, though? He is easily my favorite Christian writer. Thanks for visiting.

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