QBR readers, were you aware of this sci-fi series by Lewis? Good reading…
I have been reading the final book in CS Lewis's space trilogy That Hideous Strength, and I came across an excerpt worth sharing. For those unfamiliar with the book a man named Mark (who is an unbeliever) is being programmed under the threat of violence to think "objectively," meaning without influence of the "chemical reactions" that produce our moral (read emotive) judgments. The scientist in charge of his progress commands him to trample a crucifix. Mark hesitates… and puts his life in danger.
Here Lewis shows through his character that it is impossible to see the Cross from "objective" neutrality. Further along he explains why:
The cross shows that there is no middle ground between choosing to do wrong or to suffer wrong. All the secular mind can do in the face of this choice is to obtain some kind of "objectivity" that denies right and wrong altogether. And that, of course, is madness.