Voices: Our Actual Behavior

From C. S. Lewis:

“Fine feelings, new insights, greater interest in ‘religion’ mean nothing unless they make our actual behavior better; just as in an illness ‘feeling better’ is not much good if the thermometer shows that your temperature is still going up.” [1]

Lewis wrote these words in Mere Christianity in 1952. Some parts are dated or were never accurate in the first place (e.g., don’t take marriage advice from a single man writing during the Eisenhower administration). But what is remarkable is not what he gets wrong, but the great deal he gets right.


[1] C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York, NY: HarperOne, 2001), 210.