Saturday, February 26, 2005

Two Quotations on The Fall

[Albertus Magnus] takes a much more genial view. He sweeps away the idea that the pleasure is evil or a result of the Fall: on the contrary, pleasure would have been greater if we had remained in Paradise. The real trouble about fallen man is not the strength of his pleasures but the weakness of his reason: unfallen man could have enjoyed any degree of pleasure without losing sight, for a moment, of the First Good.
~The Allegory of Love, Chap 1.1 (1936)

They [human beings] wanted, as we say, to "call their souls their own." But that means to live a lie, for our souls are not, in fact, our own. They wanted some corner in the universe of which they could say to God, "This is our business, not yours." But there is no such corner.
~C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, Chap. 5 (1940)

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