Update on C.S. Lewis post

August 22, 2011

Yesterday, the guy who updated his Facebook with a C.S. Lewis quote that I wrote about here responded to me saying: “I take it you’re not a believer. Why?”

I wrote publicly that I was not a believer, saying:

Why? There are many answers to your question that range from sarcastic to serious. I don’t find Facebook to be the place to share one’s stand on belief or non. I responded to your quote above, because I don’t agree this is the forum for sharing belief and because I think highly of your perception. Perhaps I thought a challenge would have been better approached.

Then I sent him a personal note. I explained to him that I didn’t appreciate his religious post on FB, and that C.S. Lewis connects lunacy to disbelief.

Of course the quote doesn’t say there’s a connection. It’s an interpretative reading. If you compare two things that don’t relate, there’s a tendency for the reader’s mind to make a connection whether it’s intended or not. In this case, C.S. Lewis included a comparison to lunatics next to a concept that god is so great that nothing can diminish that idea.

He wrote me back to tell me that I misunderstand C.S. Lewis.

And he’s the one who calls himself an English teacher and employs the double negative in written conversation.

Then he recommended John Lennox as a better alternative than C.S. Lewis.

Man, some people set their bars low.

I politely walked away from the conversation and called a stalemate, as I don’t think C.S. Lewis or John Lennox amount to a small hill of beans.


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