In doing the preliminary work for my sermon Easter Day, I was looking for an illustration in C. S. Lewis’s classic, Mere Christianity. This won’t make it into the sermon, but I wanted to share it with you. I’ve often heard people complain that they just want a simple religion, and apparently so had Lewis:
It is no good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple. They look simple, but they are not. The table I am sitting at looks simple: but ask a scientist to tell you what it is really made of— all about the atoms and how the light waves rebound from them and hit my eye and what they do to the optic nerve and what it does to my brain— and, of course, you find that what we call ‘seeing a table’ lands you in mysteries and complications which you can hardly get to the end of. — C. S. Lewis 1
1 C. S. Lewis, “The Invasion,” in Mere Christianity (1952).