One of the great difficulties is to keep before the audience’s mind the question of truth.  They always think you are recommending Christianity not because it is true but because it is good.  And, in the discussion, they will, at every moment, try to escape from the issue “true or false” into stuff about the Spanish Inquisition, or France, or Poland – or anything whatever.  You have to keep forcing them back, and again back, to the real point.  Only thus will you be able to undermine. . .their belief that a certain amount of “religion” is desirable, but one musn’t carry it too far.  One must keep on pointing out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance – but, if true, of infinite importance.  The one thing that it cannot be is moderately important. – C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), from “Christian Apologetics” in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and ethics (1970)


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