Monday, November 19, 2007

Christianity Defended -- A Reader's Digest Version

I find this version of a defense of Christianity most compelling. The whole (brief) item is worth reading, but two parts struck me most. One I'll paraphrase: if the Bible were truly a complete flight of fancy, then why does it portray the deep faults and failures of so many of its heroes? A good editor of fiction surely would have excised that stuff about Jesus being tempted ('Hey, we're writing about a guy we're calling perfect here!'). And what about David-- the kid with the rock? Surely we can take out that adultery part with Bathsheba, right? But the Bible is not mere propaganda, but a guide, a lengthy love letter from God to us.

My other favorite part, I'll just quote:

The trilemma: C.S. Lewis, commenting on Christ's claim to divinity, said: "You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."



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