There are so many different components behind the makings of a brilliant book, plot and characterization being two key factors
I've learned over the years of scouring arguments in the philosophy of religion that no proof for or against God is decisive, though, of course, some are better than others. Their best service is to offer plausibility to faith.
My previous post highlighted mere Christians like C. S Lewis (and I've written more on CSL here), who understood Adam and Eve as typological (or paradigmatic), but not historical. I'll call this Position A. Having read the comment section on that post, I realize many reject this position. And some vehemently!
Can you be what C. S. Lewis described as a "mere Christian" and believe in human evolution? Put another way: Christians believe that Adam is an archetype of all humankind and a type of Christ--thus Adam is "typological"--but does he also have to be historical?
We will be taking the opportunity to revisit some incredible books by Irish authors, from enduring classics to powerful memoirs to contemporary novels that are taking the literary world by storm. So take your pick and spend this March 17th celebrating Ireland through the written word.
In my last post, I talked about two kinds of faith, and it was clear from the responses that some don't think faith can seek understanding and thus undergo scrutiny. I presented the 20th century writer and intellectual C. S. Lewis as an example of that type of faith. I hope to clarify my meaning.
Here was a man who relished a good walk, a pint of beer with his friends and reading exceptional books. Here was a man who also described personal crises not limited to believers in Christ, like sorrow over the death of a friend in battle and disappointment over never achieving recognition as a poet.
I once heard a lecture on the fact that it wasn't until the Christian community became accepted by the Empire that they took on the basilica, which was essentially a place for transacting business. Churches began to look like what we think of -- namely a big building.
Falling in love is not for the faint of heart. 💜
The One Essential Holiday Book for Kids and the Adults Who Love Them: Chris Van Allsburg's 'The Polar Express'
As your holiday gift to yourself, buy the book. Not the "special edition" with the bell and the CD and Lord knows what else. Not the Kindle download. The basic book. Because it's all you need.