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Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
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Apr 20, 08

Recommended for: Christians or skeptics, especially those who think the world should be totally knowable.
Read in April, 2008

We want God to be just. By “just” we mean that we desire that God rule in our favor. But we don’t think enough what might result should God heed the council of our minds and hearts. Would we have God make us what we wish to be, or make us what God knows we are meant to be? And what of others? How would even our loved ones fair if God treated them as we thought God should? So many want their redress from God and yet curse God for the outcome.

Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis is about accusing God for the unjust ways in which he treats mortals. And also the book is about God’s answer to that charge.

“Are the gods not just?”
“Oh no, child. What would become of us if they were? But come and see”...

“I ended my first book with the words no answer. I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away.”

Till We Have Faces is not an easy book. It takes some skill to read, and probably does not do all its work until the third or more reading. Those who like their discussions of God neat and tidy will likely misunderstand the book or even be repulsed by it. The pagan priest has what might be the best lines, “Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood.”
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Steve Thanks. Your review brings out aspects which suggest the ancient story of Job more than the pagan world of Till We Have Faces.


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