(un)common ground

a commonplace book

When Belief Rests on Appearances

When natural things look most divine, the demoniac is just round the corner.

C.S. Lewis, “Eros,” The Four Loves (1965)

This in discussing the overvaluing of eros (as Lewis defines it) as a love that resembles God’s. Lewis systematically makes this argument about each of the four loves in turn, warning against the conflation of the natural human loves–which may even resemble God’s–with the genuine article, thereby making sinful what could be good of itself.

Broadly, the admonition applies to many ideas that have human origin but are readily inserted and combined with the divine by some. As Bacon puts it, these “take aim at divine matters by human,” which produces a mixed-breed ideology.


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