CS Lewis on Popular Religion

Anyone reading this blog will notice that CS Lewis is my favorite writer (outside of the Apostle Paul). It only follows that a Professor of Literature would know a thing or two about writing, and his knack for breaking down religious nuances is, in my opinion, unparalleled.

In the following excerpt from Miracles, the Don describes the popular religion (Pantheism) of the modern (post-modern by now) world:

Speak about beauty, truth and goodness, or about a God who is simply the indwelling principle of these three, speak about a great spiritual force pervading all things, a common mind of which we are all parts, a pool of generalized spirituality to which we can all flow, and you will command friendly interest. But the temperature drops as soon as you mention a God who has purposes and performs particular actions, who does one thing and not another, a concrete, choosing, commanding, prohibiting God with a determinate character. People become embarrassed or angry. Such a conception seems to them primitive and crude and even irreverent. The popular ‘religion’ excludes miracles because it excludes the ‘living God’ of Christianity and believes instead in a kind of God who obviously would not do miracles, or indeed anything else. This popular ‘religion’ may roughly be called Pantheism, and we must now examine its credentials.

Amazing, the man saw The Oprah Winfrey Show coming long before she was a twinkle in her father’s eye.

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