1898 - 1963
English theological scholar and author of dozens of works of literary criticism, fiction, and religious essays including Pilgrim's Regress (1933), The Chronicles of Narnia (1950), and Mere Christianity (1952).
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|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.|
|No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet.|
|Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.|
|You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more "drive," or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or "creativity." In sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.|
1943 - from The Abolition of Man
|Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.|
|The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation.|
1943 - from Christian Reflections, "The Poison of Subjectivism"
|Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... it is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone.|
1952 - from Mere Christianity
|Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.|