Saturday, October 19, 2013

C.S. Lewis’s Introduction for On the Incarnation

Lewis is sure good at writing inspirational texts! This introduction is from Athanasius’s book called `On The Incarnation`. Does this inspire you to read books, or more than you already are?

``Every age has its own outlook.  It is specially good at seeing at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes.  We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period.  And that means the old books.  … Nothing strikes me more when I read the controversies of past ages than the fact that both sides were usually assuming without question a good deal which we should now absolutely deny.  They thought they were as completely opposed as two sides could be, but in fact they were all the time secretly united–united with each other and against earlier and later ages–by a great mass of common assumptions. … None of us can fully escape this blindness, but we shall certainly increase it, and weaken our guard against it, if we only read modern books.  Where they are true they shall give us truths which we half-knew already.  Where they are false they will only aggravate the error with which we are already dangerously ill.  The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can only be done by reading old books.``

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