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That’s Not Fair! C.S. Lewis and Common Ground with Skeptics (Video)

December 22, 2015

Often, people–especially those inhabiting the atheist camp–do not wish to engage immediately in any discussion that has a hint of “religion” about it.

As Christians, how do we provide a reasoned defense for Christianity to people who do not believe that the Old and New Testament scriptures are true?  Indeed, to people who may not even believe in God?

This can be a challenge.

Often, people–especially those inhabiting the atheist camp–do not wish to engage immediately in any discussion that has a hint of “religion” about it.  So, how do Christians desiring to make God’s glory known among the lost engage people like this?

In his apologetical work Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis shows how it is possible to engage skeptics by finding common ground.

And what common ground does Lewis start with?  Arguments.

Lewis shows that when we argue, we do not fight like animals, rather we reason with one another.  And when we reason, we seek to show that our own reason for why we did something more closely approximates an agreed upon standard better than the other person’s.

In fact, the moment a child says, “That’s not fair!” he shows that he believes in a standard that has established what is fair or just.

And where did that standard come from?

Watch the video below to understand the rest of Lewis’ arguments and how he moves from arguments (“That’s not fair!”) to theism to Christianity.

In November, Heritage hosted our annual Kingdom Building Conference.

The theme this year was C.S. Lewis: Morality and Education, and we were pleased to have Dr. Louis Markos as the keynote.  Dr. Markos is a Lewis scholar, having written several books and dozens of articles related to Lewis’ works and those of his contemporaries.

To see Dr. Markos’ full talk in which he provides Lewis’ arguments from Books I & II of Mere Christianity, click the video below.

 

Blog Credit: David Nees

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