Friday, August 5, 2011

UK factory workers ask C.S. Lewis questions (part 12)

What is your opinion about raffles within the plant — no matter how good the cause — which, not infrequently, is given less prominence than the alluring list of prizes?

p53-poker-chipsGambling ought never to be an important part of a man’s life.  If it is a way in which large sums of money are transferred from person to person without doing any good (e.g., producing employment, goodwill, etc.) then it is a bad thing. If it is carried out on a small scale, I am not sure that it is bad. I don’t know much about it, because it is about the only vice to which I have no temptation at all, and I think it is a risk to talk about things which are not in my own make-up, because I don’t understand them. If anyone comes to me asking to play bridge for money, I just say: ‘How much do you hope to win? Take it and go away.’

"Answers to Questions on Christianity," God in the Dock (Eerdmans: 1970) 59-60.

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