The Problem Of Pain

 

The Problem Of Pain

Paul's Goodreads Review

An interesting and helpful discussion on the purpose of pain, but toward the end it got lost in Lewis's hypothetical ideas about the first man and happenings before the fall and animal immortality. It redeemed itself with a beautiful picture of heaven to end the book.
 

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Creatures cause pain by being born, and live by inflicting pain, and in pain they mostly die.

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In a sense, [Christianity] creates, rather than solves the problem of pain, for pain would be no problem unless, side by side with our experience of this painful world, we had received what we think is a good assurance that ultimate reality is righteous and loving.

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[Christianity] has the seemingly arbitrary and idiosyncratic character which modern science is slowly telling us to put up with in this wilful universe, where energy is made up in little parcels of a quantity no one could predict, where speed is not unlimited, where irreversible entropy gives time a real direction and the cosmos, no longer stati... View Quote


His Omnipotence means power to do all that is intrinsically possible, not to do the intrinsically impossible. You may attribute miracles to Him, but not nonsense. There is no limit to His power.
If you choose to say, ‘God can give a creature free will and at the same time withhold free will from it,’ you have not succeeded in saying an... View Quote


Again, if matter has a fixed nature and obeys constant laws, not all states of matter will be equally agreeable to the wishes of a given soul, nor all equally beneficial for that particular aggregate of matter which he calls his body. If fire comforts that body at a certain distance, it will destroy it when the distance is reduced. Hence, even i... View Quote


‘It would be better for me not to exist’—in what sense ‘for me’? How should I, if I did not exist, profit by not existing?

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Christianity now has to preach the diagnosis—in itself very bad news—before it can win a hearing for the cure

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Every man, not very holy or very arrogant, has to ‘live up to’ the outward appearance of other men: he knows there is that within him which falls far below even his most careless public behaviour, even his loosest talk. In an instant of time—while your friend hesitates for a word—what things pass through your mind? We have never told the... View Quote


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