Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Humane Does Not Mean Easy

" The Christianity Lewis espouses is humane, but not easy: it asks us to recognize that the great religious struggle is not fought on a spectacular battleground, but within the ordinary human heart, when every morning we wake and feel the pressures of the day crowding in on us, and we must decide what sort of immortals we wish to be. Perhaps it helps us, as surely as it helped the way-weary British people who first heard these talks, to remember that God plays a great joke on those who seek after power at any cost. As Lewis reminds us with his customary humor and wit, 'How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different the saints.'"
- Kathleen Norris 
Foreword, page XX
Mere  Christianity, 1980

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