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October 18, 2015 / compassioninpolitics

Why Christianity is Relevant–There are No Ordinary People CS Lewis

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations -these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment.

[quote from The Weight of Glory, by C.S. Lewis. Lewis delivered this sermon at Oxford University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, on June 8, 1941. It was originally published in January, 1942.]

In this way and through the Imagio Dei we find that human is “infinitely more than merely a ‘part of nature, in the sense that a stone is, or a cactus, or a camel.”

[This later quote is borrowed from The Restitution of Man: CS Lewis and the Case against Scientism, by Michael D. Aeschliman]

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