Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This Is Your Brain on C. S. Lewis

I am completely obsessed with C. S. Lewis.  (I unapologetically maintain that Mere Christianity should be required reading for professing Christians of any flavor.)  For many reasons, Lewis has really shaped a lot of how I see Christianity, and even of how I see and perceive God.  Now, that may sound kinda scary to some of you, but it's really helpful to have smart people around to think aloud about difficult concepts like the Trinity and of Time.  Is the guy infallible?  Certainly not.  But it helps me tremendously to hear, er, read him as he reasons stuff out. 

Anyway, in one of the happy coincidences of the internet, I stumbled across a little email signup earlier this year that will send you daily musings by The Man himself.  I give you the reading from December 5th.

As I told Majesty (I forward her the really good ones), "This will blow your mind apart and pour ketchup on it."
When we are praying about the result, say, of a battle or a medical consultation the thought will often cross our minds that (if only we knew it) the event is already decided one way or the other. I believe this to be no good reason for ceasing our prayers. The event certainly has been decided—in a sense it was decided ‘before all worlds’. But one of the things taken into account in deciding it, and therefore one of the things that really cause it to happen, may be this very prayer that we are now offering. Thus, shocking as it may sound, I conclude that we can at noon become part causes of an event occurring at ten a.m. (Some scientists would find this easier than popular thought does.) The imagination will, no doubt, try to play all sorts of tricks on us at this point. It will ask, ‘Then if I stop praying can God go back and alter what has already happened?’ No. The event has already happened and one of its causes has been the fact that you are asking such questions instead of praying. It will ask, ‘Then if I begin to pray can God go back and alter what has already happened?’ No. The event has already happened and one of its causes is your present prayer. Thus something does really depend on my choice. My free act contributes to the cosmic shape. That contribution is made in eternity or ‘before all worlds’; but my consciousness of contributing reaches me at a particular point in the time-series.
From Miracles
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis