Though he does not use the phrase, we could define faith as C. S. Lewis presents it as “openness to revelation.” Uncle Andrew hears the music of Narnia’s creation as noise because that is all he is willing to hear. The liberal theologian in The Great Divorce refuses answers and can never experience the Christian faith as true because he has closed himself to the very possibility: “For me, there is no such thing as a final answer” (GD 43).
The ultimate expression of unbelief is the Dwarfs in the stable, whose cynicism forces them to experience violets as manure. “’You see,’ said Aslan. ‘They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and are so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out’” (TLB 185-6).
Lucy or the Dwarfs: That is the choice that lies before us at every moment of our lives. Which are we making?
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