No “Simple” Faith
It is no good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things aren’t simple. They look simple, but they’re not. The table I’m sitting at looks simple: but ask a scientist to tell you what it’s really made of?all about the atoms and how the light waves rebound from them and hit my eye and what they do to the optic nerve and what it does to my brain?and, of course, you will find what we call “seeing a table” lands you in mysteries and complications which you can hardly get to the end of. ?
Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn’t have guessed. That’s one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It’s a religion you couldn’t have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we’d always expected, I’d feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it’s not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have. So let’s leave behind all these boys’ philosophies?these over-simple answers.
Citation: C.S. Lewis in The Case for Christianity. Christianity Today, Vol. 34, no. 4.