I have seen the results of this … neither side bothers to pretend any more that it is going to tolerate the differences that divide it from the “other” (no matter who the “other” is)… The sad irony is that those who oppose Christianity are unquestionably intolerant of Christians for their perceived “intolerance”. All would be well, they imply, if we were only willing to compromise on every point in which our two sides were in conflict, while being completely unwilling to do that themselves. Father, help us.
“I mean this,” said Dimble in answer to the question she had not asked. “If you dip ainto any college, or schoool, or parish, or family–anything you like–at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point when there was more elbow room and contrasts weren’t quite so sharp; and that there’s going to be a time after that point when there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous. Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing. The whole thing is sorting itself out all the time, coming to a point, getting sharper and harder. . . .” (p. 283)
One might well argue with Lewis whether Dark Age Britain was a place where one could be both Christian and develop knowledge about the elemental…
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