Notes: This is an illustration of C.S Lewis’ third talk of the third radio series called ‘What Christians Believe’. This became Chapter 3 of Book 2, in the book called ‘Mere Christianity’. Notes below...
You can find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652926
(0:05) This radio talk was given in February 1942 during some of Britain's darkest days in WWII, with major cities having experienced a series of bombing blitzes and about to experience more. The Axis powers were at the zenith of their power. Step up to the microphone, C.S. Lewis... (This radio talk was the first to be heard by the American G.I.’s who arrived in Britain the week before).
(3:06) If you would like to think more about thought itself, see other doodles on the subject such as 'The Foundation of 20th Century thought' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH53uFBOGbw), and 'The Poison of Subjectivism' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgcd6jvsCFs).
(6:27) At this time there was fuel rationing in wartime Britain. Many people tried to run their cars on alternatives to petrol – using different alcohols – and this inevitably failed as the engines overheated.
(8:03) In English folklore, John Barleycorn is a character who represents the crop of barley harvested each autumn. The character grew healthy and hale during the summer, was chopped down and slaughtered in his prime, and then processed into beer and whiskey so he lived once more. This ‘dying god' myth, copied into folklore from the patterns of nature, Lewis actually led C.S. Lewis to Christ - nature's Creator, as he explains here: https://youtu.be/Uv4kx2QP4UM?t=3m59s
(8:47) See John 10.30 (https://biblehub.com/john/10-30.htm), John 8.58 (https://biblehub.com/john/8-58.htm), Matt 9:2 (https://biblehub.com/matthew/9-2.htm), and Mark 14:62 (https://biblehub.com/mark/14-62.htm). Take a read of these chapters to see Jesus confronting hostile crowds, seeking to execute Him.
Jesus Christ - 'the Son of', 'One with', 'equal to', 'the image of', and 'the only way to' God, the Father.
(12:13) This shortened version of the argument “Divine, deluded or demonic” included another two non-Christian hypotheses, “defied by followers" or "dramatic literature/legend”, in Lewis' other writings. This armchair-psychologist's argument (that gospel writers were lunatics) and the literary non-scholar's argument (that the gospels were just novelettes) are usually based on unthinking atheistic assumptions that the existence of God or the miraculous is impossible based on "one of the sciences". Based on these assumptions, Jesus’ shocking acts or statements can not be true, and therefore some way, however implausible, is sought to remove or discredit the offending sayings and acts. However, these are not strong arguments in themselves without the false assumption fueling them and are based on ...