. . . is that despite a certain datedness of style and reference, Lewis’ brief for Christian belief is superbly organized and easy to follow. He was not a great aphorist, but he had a genius for the deceptively homey metaphor (the book abounds with pennies, trains, mousetraps, pianos) and the extended polemical line that detonates in climaxes such as his rejection of the idea of Jesus as primarily a moral tutor: “You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon, or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher.” That passage, with its anvil-chorus cadence and utter disdain for any diminution of Christ’s divinity in favor of his more mortal aspects, may not be Lewis’ most subtle, but it is emblematic of his lucidity and certitude.
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