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Lost in the Shuffle, 11/22/63

23 November 2009

qb is not sure that we celebrate the world’s more important loss of November 22, 1963.  Here’s a sample of his legendary writing:

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Sooner or later He withdraws, if not in fact, at least from their conscious experience, all those supports and incentives. He leaves the creature to stand up on its own legs; to carry out from the will alone duties which have lost all relish. It is during such periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it is growing into the sort of creature He wants it to be. Hence the prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him best. We can drag our patients along by continual temptation, because we design them for the table, and the more their will is interfered with the better. He cannot “tempt” them to virtue as we do to vice. He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there, He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.

Clive Staples Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

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RIP, Professor.  A year before qb was born, you left us, but you left us richer and better off.  And this excerpt grows more poignantly apropos every day.

qb

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 November 2009 10:31 am

    Lewis’ legacy is the celebration. I am currently re-reading THE FOUR LOVES. Sometimes he can be a prig as he himself admitted. But he puts into clear, coherent, and compelling prose much of what we feel but cannot express about the substance of our life of faith. And hence, provides robust resolution and encouragement for the believer. These words from THE FOUR LOVES suggest his realism and not fashionable, hand-wringing liberal guilt:

    “If ever the book which I am not going to write is written it must be the full confession by Christendom of Christendom’s specific contribution to the sum of human cruelty and treachery. Large ares of “the World” will not hear us till we have publicly disowned much of our past. Why should they? We have shouted the name of Christ and enacted the service of Moloch.”

    Though difficult, one of his best books is A GRIEF OBSERVED.

    I suspect he would have liked good TEX-MEX and barbeque.

    Blessings!

  2. 23 November 2009 10:49 am

    Inasmuch as he and his fellow Inklings apparently loved good beer, yes, you’re probably right, Coop. Sort of a populist, I suppose. qb

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