An Upset Milk Jug

January 5, 2012

“Questioner: Materialists and some astronomers suggest that the solar
planetary system and life as we know it was brought about by an
accidental stellar collision. What is the Christian view of this

Lewis: If the solar system was brought about by an accidental
collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also
an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If
so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents — the accidental
by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts
of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But
if their thoughts — i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy — are merely
accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see
no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a
correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting that
the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk jug
should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it
was upset.”

C. S. Lewis, “Answers to Questions on Christianity,” in God in the
Dock (Grand Rapids, 1970), pages 52-53.


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