CS Lewis is een van daardie teoloë wat meestal deur ander teoloë aangehaal word ten einde te verduidelik waarom hulle dink soos hulle dink. CS Lewis is nie maklik om te lees nie, maar altyd die moeite werd. So lees ek toe onlangs hierdie paar woorde van Lewis raak.
In hoofstuk 5 van The Problem of Pain skryf Lewis oor “The Fall of Man”:
For long centuries, God perfected the animal form which was to become the vehicle of humanity and the image of Himself. He gave it hands whose thumbs could be applied to each of the fingers, and jaws and teeth and throat capable of articulation, and a brain sufficiently complex to execute all of the material motions whereby rational thought is incarnated. The creature may have existed in this stage for ages before it became man: it may have even been clever enough to make things which a clever archaeologist would accept as proof of its humanity. But it was only an animal because all its physical and psychical processes where directed to purely material and natural ends. Then in fullness of time, God caused to descend upon this organism, both on its psychology and physiology, a new kind of consciousness which could say “I” and “me,” which could look upon itself as an object, which knew God, which could make judgments of truth, beauty, and goodness, and which was so far above time that is could perceive time flowing past. … We do not know how many of these creatures God made, nor how long they continued in the Paradisal state. But sooner or later they fell. Someone or something whispered that they could become as gods. … They wanted some corner in the universe in which they could say to God, “This is our business, not yours.” But there is no such corner. They wanted to be nouns, but they were and must eternally be, mere adjectives. We have no idea what particular act, or series of acts, the self-contradictory, impossible wish found expression. For all I can see, it might have concerned the literal eating of a fruit, but the question is of no consequence.
Hoe laat hierdie gedagtes jou dink en voel oor Genesis 1-3 en die hele gedagte van evolusie en Christenskap?