Follow-Up Quote

After the last quote I put up, I thought it might be worth putting up a second quote that takes a completely different stance, yet with a similar level of assumptiveness.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

– C. S. Lewis

Much more has been said about C. S. Lewis and his views on Christianity than will ever be said of Banville’s character Max Morden, so I won’t elaborate on Lewis too much. I will, however, say that I loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Arrogance

This, quite simply, is the most stylishly arrogant assertion that I have come across in a long time:

“Given the world that he created, it would be an impiety against God to believe in him.”

– Max Morden, The Sea, John Banville

It’s tough to argue with that.

An Odd Take on Religion

I’ve been incredibly busy of late studying for a huge exam, so do accept my apologies for my silence. My blogging will be picking up again, which will hopefully be a good thing for everyone.

Back to the main point: Our on-campus Christian Fellowship ran a very interesting quiz/poster/stand thing in our campus centre this week. The stand, for want of a better word, was titled, “How much of an atheist are you?” On our campus, which is quite liberal and outwardly a-religious, I find this to be a very novel approach to religion. Instead of asking questions about whether people are Christian, the idea was to look at how much people are opposed to religion. It was interactive, and you had to respond to statements according to how much you agreed with them. The statements were all quite interesting, including ones from Martin Luther King (“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”) and Richard Dawkins, the author of The God Delusion. There were also simple barometers of how people felt about life and spirituality, making it a really interactive experience.

On the whole, it was a thought-provoking experience, which was a very good way for our Christian Fellowship to approach students on campus. Instead of putting students on the defensive, it made it really easy for people to voice their opinion, even if they were rabid atheists. I think it says a lot about our campus that these tactics are quite acceptable: in other, more Christian, places, I don’t know how well the quiz would have been received. What would you do if you saw people asking strangers how much of an atheist they are?