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Intellectual conversion to Christianity
Mon Jan 9, 2017 8:33am
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is extremely rare; perhaps less than 2% of
conversions to Christianity are considered
to be primarily 'intellectual'.

Yet C.S. Lewis is one who claims that his
initial change of heart was an intellectual
one. He writes about it in "Weight of Glory:


"When I accept Theology I may find difficulties, at this point or that, in harmonising it with some particular truths which are imbedded in the mythical cosmology derived from science. But I can get in, or allow for, science as a whole. Granted that Reason is prior to matter and that the light of that primal Reason illuminates finite minds, I can understand how men should come, by observation and inference, to know a lot about the universe they live in.

If, on the other hand, I swallow the scientific cosmology as a whole, then not only can I not fit in Christianity, but I cannot even fit in science. If minds are wholly dependent on brains, and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of the atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of those minds should have any more significance than the sound of the wind in the trees. And this is to me the final test."


    • ...when I term belief of this sort as "non-volitional." I still consider the act of belief itself, the Kierkegaardian leap-of-faith, to be non-volitional, but I think it can be influenced by... more
    • As Smart As C.S. Lewis Was...Amadeus, Mon Jan 9 11:55am
      ...his argument boils down to, "I don't understand how, so it must not be true." My Christian faith and my acceptance of science coexist without issue. They handle different aspects of the universe.... more
      • Well said Contrarian, Mon Jan 9 7:57pm
        Some here could take heed of such sage logic.
        • How would anyone know that our thoughts are like the wind, meaningless! Ridiculous on the face of it. I have learned over the past year that Lewis is highly overrated, and a spook.
      • clearly states: "If minds are wholly dependent on brains, and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of the atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of... more
        • You Caught It In Your QuoteAmadeus, Tue Jan 10 7:20am
          "If minds are wholly dependent on brains, and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of the atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of those minds... more
          • Poorly done.shadow, Tue Jan 10 8:45am
            His conclusion follows his 'if' clause. He fully explains why the view he disagrees with is not logically conclusive.
            • No he doesn'tBob the builder, Tue Jan 10 10:41am
              or he wouldn't have put "I cannot understand how" - by saying that he is making clear it is only a personal interpretation. Which it is
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