Saturday, September 11, 2010

Quote of the Day: "A Young Atheist Cannot Be Too Careful Of His Reading"

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"A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading." -- C. S. Lewis


Alex said...

I prefer Tolkien. Would you care to explain what Mr. Lewis was saying to me?

RkBall said...

Hi Alex,

Mr. Lewis was an atheist intellectual who was converted to Christianity. I suspect he is saying you should avoid reading works by thoughtful Christians -- like C. S. Lewis!

You should avoid works dealing with a) origins, b) purpose, c) meaning, d) the basis for morality, e) the grounding of logic and reason, f) the historicity of Christ and his resurrection.

Don't look for ultimate answers or ultimate meaning or ultimate purpose. Stick with Hawking's level of explanation.

And don't ask yourself what kind of inner void being attracted to science fiction fills.

Joe said...

I must admit that I am not the biggest CS Lewis fan. However when I am debating an overly aggressive anti-theist I am reminded of the title character of Lewis' book The Screwtape Letters. Poor little fellow who fails so miserably in his task of 'saving' a Christian from his Christianity.

Anonymous said...

Hey wasn't Tolkien the good friend who helped convert Lewis to Christianity?

Alex said...

Oh I know what void it fills. I want to experience futures I will never visit.
Lewis was an atheist? News to me. Very interesting.
Thanks for answering me seriously. I'm not afraid of the truth, whatever that may be. I will keep looking for it too.

RkBall said...

" I'm not afraid of the truth, whatever that may be."

That's good.

Like me -- I just wanted to know what was true, what the truth was, whether we (humans) had purpose for existence, whether there was any chance of surviving death, or was extinction "it".

Anonymous said...

A conference on your intellectual level:


"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"