All of a sudden, a couple of days ago, I realized that I want to re-read Mere Christianity.
I’ve read it a few years ago, in Russian, and I wasn’t too impressed with it back then. Yet another theology book, it seemed like.
Well, God sure knew when I needed to read it again… and this time in original language.
Two things that I have realized right away:
1. Something I knew for a long time, but didn’t experience in such a strong way – when you can read the original language, whatever you’re reading makes a lot more sense. And I thank God for the opportunity to read C.S. Lewis in his language, without any editions or corrections from the translators’ side (no matter how good they are, translated stuff is always not as good… unless it’s songs as we have seen in my previous posts here and here and here).
2. I love C.S. Lewis’ style and I already joked in a comment on Tony’s post (which was an amazing post, btw – go read it here) that my love for logic is Spock-like. If something doesn’t make sense, I disregard it, most of the time. But Lewis makes quite a strong case for Christianity without appearing to be strong about it.
Mom and I had a discussion the other day. I said that Christianity makes logical sense.
She disagreed. “You think that because you know what it’s all about.”
I still think that Christianity makes sense. It’s logical – when you consider everything. At least it makes more logic than the rest of what I’ve heard.
Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Reality is indeed odd… It often brings us face to face with something we’ve never encountered before.
Yet… there’s this thing called Chaos Theory, about finding the underlying order in apparently random data. It fascinates me. Dean Koontz, one of my top two favorite authors, keeps bringing it up in his books and it fits perfectly because life is seemingly full of chaos… but if only you would distance yourself from the immediate surroundings, you would be able to see the order, like a fractal (William P. Young used this analogy in his bestseller, The Shack).
What do you think? Is Christianity logical?