Just Like Heaven

Though the name of a classic tune by The Cure, the title of this post is more in reference to the following CS Lewis quote (which is from his classic sermon, “The Weight of Glory”),

Almost all our modern philosophies have been devised to convince us that the good of man is to be found on this earth. And yet it is a remarkable thing that such philosophies of Progress or Creative Evolution themselves bear reluctant witness to the truth that our real goal is elsewhere.

When they want to convince you that earth is your home, notice how they set about it. They begin by trying to persuade you that earth can be into heaven, thus giving a sop to your sense of exile in earth as it is.

Next, they tell you that this fortunate event is still a good way off into the future, thus giving a sop to your knowledge that the fatherland is not here and now.

Finally, lest your longing for the transtemporal should awake and spoil the whole affair, they use any rhetoric that comes to hand to keep out of your mind the recollection that even if all the happiness they promised could come to man on earth, yet still each generation would lose it by death, including the last generation of all, and the whole story would be nothing, not even a story, for ever and ever.

To read the rest of the sermon click here.

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