Wednesday, June 1, 2016

From Lewis's Pen: Men Judge God

From his essay "Modern Man and His Category of Thought" as published in Present Concerns:

What we may call Proletarianism, in its various forms ranging from strict Marxism to vague "democracy." A strong anti-clericalism has of course been a feature of continental Proletarianism almost from its beginnings. This element is generally said (and, I think, correctly) to be less present in the English forms. But what is common to all forms of it is the fact that the Proletariat in all countries (even those with "right" governments) has been consistently flattered for a great many years. The natural result has now followed. They are self-satisfied to a degree perhaps beyond the self-satisfaction of any recorded aristocracy. They are convinced that whatever may be wrong with the world it cannot be themselves. Someone else must be to blame for every evil. Hence, when the existence of God is discussed, they by no means think of Him as their Judge. On the contrary, they are His judges. If he puts up a reasonable defence they will consider it and perhaps acquit Him. They have no feelings of fear, guilt, or awe. They think from the very outset, of God's duties to them, not their duties to Him. And God's duties to them are conceived not in terms of salvation but in purely secular terms - social security, prevention of war, a higher standard of life. "Religion" is judged exclusively by its contribution to these ends. (64-65)
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