Wednesday, March 18, 2009

We aren't mere atoms

In a message to atomists, C.S. Lewis says this in Present Concerns:
“You can’t, except in the lowest animal sense, be in love with a girl if you know (and keep on remembering) that all the beauties both of her person and of her character are a momentary and accidental pattern produced by the collision of atoms, and that your own response to them is only a sort of psychic phosphorescence arising from the behavior of your genes. You can’t go on getting any very serious pleasure from music if you know and remember that its air of significance is a pure illusion, that you like it only because your nervous system is irrationally conditioned to like it.”
Thankfully we were made in God's image, thus being able to appreciate beauty in people and in the arts.

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