By C. S. Lewis

Of Lewis's most famed and compelling sermons haven't got the eye they deserve-- 'The Weight of Glory' and 'Transposition.' they're, in reality, grand reconceptualizations of the non secular existence. This ebook combines those appealing treatises, bringing their knowledge and perception right into a complete new new release. an incredible publication for these trying to cross deeper after interpreting Mere Christianity.

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Pantheism is a creed not so much false as hopelessly behind the times. Once, before creation, it would have been true to say that everything was God. But God created: He caused things to be other than Himself that, being distinct, they might learn to love Him, and achieve union instead of mere sameness. Thus He also cast His bread upon the waters. Even within the creation we might say that inanimate matter, which has no will, is one with God in a sense in which 31 c. s. lewis men are not. But it is not God’s pur­ pose that we should go back into that old identity (as, perhaps, some Pagan mystics would have us do) but that we should go on to the maximum distinctness there to be reunited with Him in a higher fashion.

The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with it the sug­ gestion not primarily of securing 45 c. s. lewis good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our ab­ stinence and not their happiness was the important point. I do not think this is the Christian virtue of Love. The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about selfdenial as an end in itself. We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire.

Lewis stage of enjoying Greek poetry can tell from their own experience that this is so. The schoolboy beginning Greek grammar cannot look forward to his adult enjoyment of Sophocles as a lover looks forward to marriage or a general to victory. He has to begin by working for marks, or to escape punishment, or to please his parents, or, at best, in the hope of a future good which he cannot at pres­ ent imagine or desire. His position, therefore, bears a certain resemblance to that of the mercenary; the reward he is going to get will, in actual fact, be a natural or proper reward, but he 50 Made for Heaven will not know that till he has got it.

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