Fern Seed And Elephants And Other Essays On Christianity And Education

In I959, CS. Lewis read a paper to students at Cambridge attacking theologians who ‘claim to see fern-seed and can’t see an elephant ten yards away in broad daylight.’

These seven essays show Lewis at his most vigorous, defending his vision of a full-blooded, orthodox Christianity in his matchless prose style.

Among the subjects he addresses are the difference between forgiv​In I959, CS. Lewis read a paper to students at Cambridge attacking theologians who ‘claim to see fern-seed and can’t see an elephant ten yards away in broad daylight.’

These seven essays show Lewis at his most vigorous, defending his vision of a full-blooded, orthodox Christianity in his matchless prose style.

Among the subjects he addresses are the difference between forgiveness and excusing, the individual ‘member’ of the Christian Body, ‘The World’s Last Night’, and the implications of there being life on other planets....more

Paperback, Special Centenary Edition, 113 pages

Published May 5th 1998 by Fount Paperbacks (first published 1975)

Fitz Allison suggested at the recent Mockingbird conference that we take a look at an essay by C.S. Lewis called “Fern Seed and Elephants.” It was in the context of Fitz talking about how to read the Bible — and how it makes a big difference, as it does when you are falling in love, with whether you approach the Bible (or beloved) with Trust… or with Suspicion.

Here are a few selected bits… click here to read the whole thing.

It is hard to persevere in a close study when you can work up no prima facie confidence in your teachers.

[Modern biblical critics] ask me to believe they can read between the lines of the old texts; the evidence is their obvious inability to read (in any sense worth discussing) the lines themselves. They claim to see fern-seed and can’t see an elephant ten yards way in broad daylight.

Reflection on the extreme improbability of his own life – by historical standards – seems to me a profitable exercise for everyone. It encourages a due agnosticism….. For agnosticism is, in a sense, what I am preaching. I do not wish to reduce the sceptical elements in your minds. I am only suggesting that it need not be reserved exclusively for the New Testament and the Creeds. Try doubting something else.

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