As I fixed breakfast this morning, George was reading to me from a book he recently found at Half Price Books, God in the Dock by C. S. Lewis. The title of the book has to do with the English term referring to a person on trial standing “in the dock” while giving testimony of his actions.
Among a collection of essays, this one is titled “Answers to Questions on Christianity.”
C. S. Lewis’ reasoning is often so simple and succinct, so lucid and insightful and utterly delightful, no further words are needed. I had to share this one.
“Question 6. … [S]ome astronomers suggest that the solar planetary system and life as we know it was brought about by an accidental stellar collision. What is the Christian view of this theory?”
Lewis: “If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then … the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents …. And this holds for the thoughts of … the astronomers as well as for any else’s. But if their thoughts … are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.”
Well, shut my mouth! I have no words worthy of further comment on this subject.
Have a great day! And if you have read my book Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer, have you written a review of it? Thanks!