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Getting Back To Basics

Devout people sometimes get hassled for resuming pious habits like prayer and reading the Bible, or pertinent scripture, and devotional books when life gets troublesome; I believe {play on words unavoidable) the expression is, “religion is a crutch,” or variations to that effect.

But this is what people do all the time when shoring up their points-of-view.  I once knew a fellow weblogger on the Xanga site who was of the Marxist persuasion.  And when stuff like the dissolution of the USSR and the breakdown of socialist economies in the European Union occurred, he turned back to reading Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto just to reassure himself that he had hitched his wagon to the right star.

I once met a clerk at The Dawn Treader, a used paperback bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  When I reminded that the name of the shop was taken from the title of one of the Narnia books, he shook his head and smiled rather wryly. “Yeah.  C. S. Lewis can be persuasive.  When I feel my (agnostic) convictions weakening, I have to go and read some Mark Twain.”

Lewis himself has this to say.

“…The first step is to recognise the fact that your moods change…

“Now Faith, in the 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.”

What a rush; the freethinkers are subject to changing moods just as much as the devout; who’d ‘a’ thunk it?   It seems that we all gotta back back to our basics now and then.

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Getting Back To Basics

Devout people sometimes get hassled for resuming pious habits like prayer and reading the Bible, or pertinent scripture, and devotional books when life gets troublesome; I believe {play on words unavoidable) the expression is, “religion is a crutch,” or variations to that effect.

But this is what people do all the time when shoring up their points-of-view.  I once knew a fellow weblogger on the Xanga site who was of the Marxist persuasion.  And when stuff like the dissolution of the USSR and the breakdown of socialist economies in the European Union occurred, he turned back to reading Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto just to reassure himself that he had hitched his wagon to the right star.

I once met a clerk at The Dawn Treader, a used paperback bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  When I reminded that the name of the shop was taken from the title of one of the Narnia books, he shook his head and smiled rather wryly. “Yeah.  C. S. Lewis can be persuasive.  When I feel my (agnostic) convictions weakening, I have to go and read some Mark Twain.”

Lewis himself has this to say.

“…The first step is to recognise the fact that your moods change…

“Now Faith, in the 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.”

What a rush; the freethinkers are subject to changing moods just as much as the devout; who’d ‘a’ thunk it?   It seems that we all gotta back back to our basics now and then.

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