Monday, October 24, 2011

Faith — Part 1 (Theological Virtue 3)

Snow Leopard watching intently from the down-side of a snowy hill - CANow Faith, in the [first] sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods ‘where they get off’, you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.

Quotes from Mere Christianity, Part 46
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins 2001) 130-141.

1 comment:

  1. I also absolutely love Jack's sense of humour, and this quote shows it off beautifully.  LOL!