damned nonsense

If you do not take the distinction between good and bad very seriously, then it is easy to say that anything you find in this world is a part of God. But, of course, if you think some things really bad, and God really good, then you cannot talk like that. You must believe that God is separate from the world and that some of the things we see in it are contrary to His will. Confronted with a cancer or a slum the Pantheist can say, “If you could only see it from the divine point of view, you would realize that this also is God.” The Christian replies, “Don’t talk damned nonsense.” For Christianity is a fighting religion. It thinks God made the world – that space and time, heat and cold, and all the colors and tastes, and all the animals and vegetables, are things that God “made out of His head” as a man makes up a story. But it also thinks that a great many things have gone wrong with the world that God made and that God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again.

from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, as recorded in A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings From His Classic Works, p.9

reading

Most of the year on weekdays I’ve penned a brief devotional thought; however, this year between Memorial Day and Labor Day I’ll take a break from such writing. What you’ll see here instead each Monday through Friday during the summer is a brief excerpt, quote, or collection of quotes from some of the books I’ve been reading this year. I suspect in most cases these quotes will serve as a bit of a prompt for prayer. Enjoy.

Take note of a new section I added just last week to the right-hand column of this blog. It’s entitled My Recent Bookmarks. If you enjoy perusing my This Went Thru My Mind¬†post each Saturday, you’ll want to give My Recent Bookmark a glance each day. You’ll find links to interesting reading there.

What are you reading these days in terms of books, blogs, or articles that you’ve found to be helpful in your walk with the Lord?