C.S. Lewis on Science and Apologetics

” While we are on the subject of science, let me digress for a moment. I believe that any Christian who is qualified to write a good popular book on any science may do much more by that than by any directly apologetic work. The difficulty we are up against is this. We can make people (often) attend to the Christian point of view for half an hour or so; but the moment they have gone away from our lecture or laid down our article, they are plunged back into a world where the opposite position is taken for granted. As long as that situation exists, widespread success is simply impossible. We must attack the enemy’s line of communication. What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects — with their Christianity latent. You can see this most easily if you look at it the other way round…. It is not the books written in direct defense of Materialism that make the modern man a materialist; it is the materialistic assumptions in all the other books. In the same way, it is not books on Christianity that will really trouble him. But he would be troubled if, whenever he wanted a cheap popular introduction to some science, the best work on the market was always by a Christian.”- C.S. Lewis, “Christian Apologetics,” in God in the Dock: Essays in Theology and Ethics

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    • russellandduenes
    • June 15th, 2009

    Yep! That about sums it up. That’s why I’m writing and teaching. As always, Lewis clarifies things so well. Implicit in this is the case for Christian education and abandoning government controlled schools. Christians need to wake up and realize that our children hear “about God” on Sunday and then enter government schools the next five days where God’s non-existence is assumed implicitly and explicitly.

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