Bad Universe, Good God?

This post piggybacks on the previous post, for the following quote is from The Problem of Pain. What is more, the following quote directly follows the material quoted in CS Lewis the Atheist.

There was one question which I never dreamed of raising. I never noticed that the very strength and facility of the pessimists’ case at once poses us a problem. If the universe is so bad, or even half so bad, how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator?

Men are fools, perhaps; but hardly so foolish as that. The direct inference from black to white, from evil flower to virtuous root, from senseless work to a workman infinitely wise, staggers belief.

The spectacle of the universe as revealed by experience can never have been the ground of religion: it must always have been something in spite of which religion, acquired from a different source, was held.

That source (according to Lewis) will be discussed in future posts, though feel free to offer your thoughts on it.

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