“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”
—— C S Lewis
- No Atheists in a Foxhole (maryscatholicgarden.com)
3 responses to “C. S. Lewis on Atheism”
“But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true?”
1. You have no other option. 2. You check to see if what your brain thinks and experience is the same as what others think and experience.
” Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought”
Sure you can. This sounds good but is factually inaccurate.
Lewis was quite the wordsmith, and I thought his comment worth repeating. In reality, there is no way of proving that this is a God or that one doesn’t exist. At the end of the day, it is a faith question. Your comment is well taken.
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