From C. S. Lewis's The Problem of Pain
"If God's moral judgment differs from ours so that our 'black' may be His 'white', we can mean nothing by calling Him good; for to say 'God is good', while asserting that His goodness is wholly other than ours, is really only to say 'God is we know not what'. And an utterly unknown quality in God cannot give us moral grounds for loving or obeying Him. If He is not (in our sense) 'good' we shall obey, if at all, only through fear--and should be equally ready to obey an omnipotent Fiend. The doctrine of Total Depravity--when the consequence is drawn that, since we are totally depraved, our idea of good is worth simply nothing--may thus turn Christianity into a form of devil-worship."
Labels: C. S. Lewis, the problem of evil
posted by Victor Reppert @ 8:08 PM
After C.S. Lewis blew our cover, Calvinism initiated a church growth program back in the 60s, beginning with Rosemary’s Baby, followed by The Omen.
The OPC started the WC as a front organization to launch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. More recently, the PCA premiered Reaper on the CW as a successful recruiting tool.
In other developments, Albert Mohler, our plant in the SBC, has organized the Junior Omnipotent Fiend Club, modeled on the Boy Scouts. Junior Fiends are awarded baphomets instead of merit badges.
In the past, it’s been difficult to attract new members to Reformed churches due to our dour, puritanical style of worship. Blood-pacts kept old members coming, but it’s been hard to draw new members.
However, once word got out that we actually celebrate orgies under a full moon, attendance at our worship services has swelled appreciably. We’ve had to hire several full-time phlebotomists to process the additional paperwork.