But you cannot go on ‘explaining away’ for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on ‘seeing through’ things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too? A wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see. – C.S. Lewis (page 37)
We should criticise Christians when they are condemning and ungracious to unbelievers. But we should not criticise churches when they maintain standards for membership in accord with their beliefs. Every community must do the same. (page 40)
Christianity answered this historical challenge by a reorientation of the worldview… People sensed in their hearts that Jesus di not mock their respect for the sacred nor their clamour for an invincible Saviour, and so they beat their sacred drums for him until the stars skipped and danced in the skies. After that dance the stars weren’t little any more. Christianity helped Africans become renewed Africans, not re-made Europeans. (page 41 – African scholar Lamin Sanneh)
Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least the risk of tragedy is damnation. – page 48 – C.S. Lewis.
The reductionist project usually tries to reclaim some of the originally excluded aspects of the world, by analysing them in physical – that is, behavioural, or neuropsychological – terms, but it denies reality to what cannot be reduced. I believe the project is doomed – that conscious experience, thought, value, and so forth are not illusions, even though they cannot be identified with physical facts – page 92
Everything we value – from sugar and sex and money to music and love and religion – we value for reasons. Lying behind, and distinct from, our reasons are evolutionary reasons, free-floating rationales that have been endorsed by natural selection. – Daniel Dennett page 136