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Thanks for the life of CS Lewis, who died on 22nd November 1963

 

Lewis - if true

Today is fifty years since CS Lewis died.

Like Mother Theresa slipping quietly away under cover of Lady Di’s death, so Lewis was little noticed on the day of JFK’s assassination. I was 13 months old at the time, and I am privately grateful to have trodden the earth while he was on it, even if my first shaky step was about the time of Lewis’s last shaky step.

Lewis smoking

Hitchens v Hitchens: trivial atheist scorn

Further to my post on Peter Hitchens on Q&A: I did some You Tubing and found this remarkable debate between the two brothers, Christopher the atheist and Peter the former-Marxist-now-Christian. The debate is in two parts; the first, on the Iraq war, is a little dated – although I think I was won over by Christopher Hitchens on this one (as I have been by other of his political arguments over the years). The second part is on ‘Does God exist?’ and it starts at 32 minutes:

Rabbi Sachs inspiring: on being “creative minorities” in our dying civilisation

First Things Erasmus Lecture “On Creative Minorities” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks from First Things on Vimeo.

This is why we need “public intellectuals” – so they can gather the insights of 2700 years and condense them into a message that is both enlightening and encouraging. From the culture-forming insights of the prophet Jeremiah to the culture-wrecking barbarity both within and without the walls of the West, Britain’s Chief Rabbi of the last twenty years shows how the Covenant that has sustained both Jews and Christians can still sustain us, and with us as a “creative minority”, there is still hope for our grandchildren’s world.

Something beautiful enough for Christmas: ‘O Magnum Mysterium’

If the role of sacred music is “sursum corda”, to lift up our hearts, then the US composer Lauridsen is a good and faithful servant. I gave you the excerpt last Christmas from his “O Nata Lux”, and I have had to wait a year to share this even more touching setting of the ancient “O Magnum Mysterium”. Everybody has had a go at setting this one – Byrd, Palestrina, Victoria et al – but none can hold a candle to this contemporary composer, at least on this occasion.

Science and the Mind of God: Oxford Prof Lennox

Another intellectual – Prof of Mathematics and Fellow in the Philosophy of Science at Oxford – is struck by the same compelling Facts that so stunned atheists from Hoyle to Flew.

This review of his book,  God’s Undertaker – Has Science Buried God? alludes to insights of the astonishing fine-tuning of the physical constants that alone make life possible, commenting:

Such features of cosmic design were what led Sir Fred Hoyle to state that “there are no blind forces in nature worth talking about”, and Paul Davies to conclude, simply, “ the impression of design is overwhelming”.

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