Mere Christianity and Questions

C. S. Lewis is often an author that the public associates with the Chronicles of Narnia and their respective movies. Although upon further inspection, analysis of his writing reveals Christian themes, most don’t associate Lewis and his works with Christianity. The truth of the matter is that C. S. Lewis, a logical and reasonable man, was converted to Christianity by his friends and fellow writers. In Suprised by Joy he says, “When we [Warnie and Jack] set out [by motorcycle to the Whipsnade Zoo] I did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did.” This gave him an interesting perspective into both sides of the Apologetics argument, and from this perspective he wrote a book, Mere Christianity. As the second of the books I’ve chosen to read, I hope to get the version of Apologetics in which many of today’s scientific arguments about the creation of the universe. From what I’ve read Lewis delivers exactly this. In his first argument, he attempts to prove the existence of God through the stance of moral absolutes. He basically says that there is something called The Law of Human Nature which all people have. This law states that everyone¬†knows there is a moral right and a moral wrong. It doesn’t mean that everyone will necessarily follow this moral standard, rather that there is an absolute right and wrong. Apologists claim that because there is indeed a moral absolute there must be something against which you have to measure that absolute… in other words, a God who is perfect. While this might deal with some of the older theories to prove the existence of God, by nature it fails to discuss the first of my questions about Apologetics. The first of these questions ask who are the prominent apologists, atheists, and agnostics. crossexamined.org gives a comprehensive list of the top 20 apologists in the world. Among them are William Lane Craig and C. S. Lewis. Another website, thebestschools.org, lists the top 50 atheists and lists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Stephen Hawking. First before listing some of the agnostics, its important to define the term agnostic. An agnostic is a person who believes there is no way to ascertain whether or not there is indeed a deity or creator. Often they provide a middle ground between the two sides of atheism and religion. The Wikipedia page on Agnostic philosophers include Confucious and Democritus; however, finding a comprehensive list of agnostics is much more difficult because often they dismiss the argument of religion and often don’t speak much on the subject, choosing to speak on other issues instead.