Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From Lewis' Pen: Where is God?


From A Grief Observed:
Meanwhile, where is God?  This is one of the most disquieting symptoms.  When you are happy, so happy that you have no sense of needing Him . . .  you will be – or so it feels – welcomed with open arms.  But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find?  A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside.  After that, silence.  You may as well turn away.  The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become.  There are no lights in the windows.  It might be an empty house.  Was it ever inhabited?  It seemed so once . . . Why is He so present a commander in our time of prosperity and so very absent a help in time of trouble? (5-6)
Later he adds:
God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find our their quality.  He knew it already.  It was I who didn’t.  In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once.  He always knew that my temple was a house of cards.  His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down. (52)

From Lewis' Pen Series:
From Lewis' Pen: The Seven Deadly Sins

From Lewis' Pen: Aim at Heaven
From Lewis' Pen: Lay Down Your Arms
From Lewis' Pen: Satan Speaks
From Lewis' Pen: Screwtape on Marriage
From Lewis' Pen: As the Ruin Falls
From Lewis' Pen: Church Factions
From Lewis' Pen: Church Factions
From Lewis' Pen: Mere Adjectives
From Lewis' Pen: We Are Far Too Easily Pleased
From Lewis' Pen: The Historical Jesus
From Lewis' Pen: Aslan is on the Move
From Lewis' Pen: Lead us, Evolution, Lead us
From Lewis' Pen: Lead us, Evolution, Lead us
From Lewis' Pen: An Exaggerated Feminine Type
From Lewis' Pen: Theology as a Map
From Lewis' Pen: A Lot of Wrong Ideas
From Lewis' Pen: Children Know Better Than Grownups


For more:
Out of the Silent Planet" Audio Book
Lewis on Practical Theology
Lewis on the Why of Democracy
From Uncle Screwtape:  Christianity and Politics 
Theology As a Map: Lewis, Practical Theology, and the Trinity
"Screwtape Letters" by CS Lewis: A Review
The Most Unpopular of Christian Virtues: Lewis on Chasity - Part 1
The Most Unpopular of Christian Virtues: Lewis on Chasity - Part 2
The Most Unpopular of Christian Virtues: Lewis on Chasity - Part 3 
"Willing Slaves of the Welfare State": CS Lewis on Freedom, Science, and Society - Part 1
"Willing Slaves of the Welfare State": CS Lewis on Freedom, Science, and Society - Part 2
He is Not a Tame Lion: Aslan, Jesus, and the Limits of Postmodern Inclusivism  
To Be Undragoned: Aslan, Christ, and the Gift of Regeneration 
Lewis on Practical Theology  
Lewis on the Why of Democracy
From Uncle Screwtape:  Christianity and Politics      
Theologians I Have Been Influenced By - The Dead
"The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism" Full Documentary
Beyond Narnia:  A Great Documentary 
"A Mixture of Fool and Knave": CS Lewis on Theological Liberalism
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