Saturday, September 08, 2007

Et tu, Jack?

"Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Legislator. In most modern scientists this belief has died: it will be interesting to see how long their confidence in uniformity survives it. Two significant developments have already appeared—the hypothesis of a lawless sub-nature, and the surrender of the claim that science is true. We may be living nearer than we suppose to the end of the Scientific Age."

- C.S. Lewis
, Miracles, 1949

Christendom is rife with compromisers. But I didn't expect an author beloved by millions (and one of my personal favorites), C.S. "Jack" Lewis, to be among them.

I've been reading through The Problem of Pain, in which C.S. Lewis dissects the theological quandary of how a loving God can allow pain in the world. Indeed, though I am but halfway through the book, already I have been able to apprehend the theological significance - almost necessity - of the occurrence (or ability) of the existence of pain.

Alas, in Chapter 5, "The Fall of Man" Lewis demonstrates that he has accepted evolutionary history without question, and thus recognizes the necessity of dispensing with the literal translation of the Genesis creation account.

While Lewis is cogent and logical in his reasoning and deduction (pointing out how the first sin was almost certainly was a sin of pride, because it was the sin of turning inward - to self - instead of heavenward, to God, a sin that is conceivably within reach of a human untouched by actual carnal temptations), he illustrates the absurd lengths which must be extended to reconcile the Word of God and the grand theory of evolution.

Et tu, old friend?

One thing's for sure. Where Jack is now, he has most assuredly converted to creationism.

Further reading about C.S. Lewis and evolution:

C.S. Lewis and evolution

C.S. Lewis on materialistic thoughts

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