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"It is no good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple.


'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God'... is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

- from Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis

Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 12:00AM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments3 Comments

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This is my absolute all-time favorite C.S. Lewis quote.
Apr 16, 2006 at 09:38PM | Unregistered CommenterJared

and i'm pretty sure the list of Christian Literature References To Poached Eggs is a fairly short one.
Apr 16, 2006 at 10:40PM | Registered Commentermdog
I have so much respect for Lewis and his ability to distill to the heart of the matter. The way he writes about Chritianity inspires more respect from me than any of the modern day theologians.

Apr 17, 2006 at 09:26AM | Unregistered CommenterTB

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