Saturday, April 19, 2008

Mere Meme

JGW tagged me (finally someone did ;-)).

Here are the instructions.

1. Pick up the nearest book (at least 123 pages).
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the 5th sentence on your blog.
5. Tag 5 people.

"But what does puzzle people---at least it used to puzzle me---is the fact that Christians regard faith in this sense as a virtue."

C.S.Lewis, Mere Christianity. It's actually a really interesting paragraph (and somewhat appropriate to the things I've read of late). He follows by saying:

I used to ask how on earth it can be a virtue--what is there moral or immoral about believing or not believing a set of statements? Obviously, I used to say, a sane man accepts or rejects any statement, not because he wants 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.

Ah, Lewis. Love his guts. I tag FRM, playa, Craig, ATP, and John Galt.


J G-W said...

Amazing quote. I'm glad roping you into this silly game got you to cough it up. I love C.S. Lewis, and love that book.

-L- said...

I need to read it again, actually. I didn't even read that whole chapter, but I suspect there's a reversal coming up since Lewis said, "I used to ask...". I wonder if he then suggests that faith is indeed moral. Maybe I'll have to go read more Lewis. :-)

Ty Ray said...

You're choice of tags is pretty funny. Easy road, eh? :)