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Thread #150459   Message #3506425
Posted By: MGM·Lion
21-Apr-13 - 12:46 AM
Thread Name: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Subject: RE: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Trouble with C S Lewis, he was IMO a poor arguer ~ assertive and often illogical. As Gross said of Lewis's great critical adversary Leavis, he had often the "faintly comic air of having triumphantly demonstrated what had merely been strenuously asserted". I recall a somewhat hysterically Christian girlfriend I had in my undergraduate days who spent much time & energy trying to convert me. We were arguing about marital fidelity once, and she gave me the following to read ~~

"The Christian idea of marriage is based on Christ's words that a man and wife are to be regarded as a single organism – for that is what the words 'one flesh' would be in modern English. And the Christians believe that when He said this He was not expressing a sentiment but stating a fact – just as one is stating a fact when one says that a lock and its key are one mechanism, or that a violin and a bow are one musical instrument." (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

She got quite sulky & upset when I pointed out that you could play any violin with any bow and cut as many keys as you wanted for any lock.