They Said It: Darwin’s Doubt and C.S. Lewis on Naturalism

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“With me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?”

Charles Darwin to W. Graham, July 3, 1881, in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, ed. Francis Darwin

“If all that exists is Nature, the great mindless interlocking event, if our own deepest convictions are merely the by-products of an irrational process, then clearly there is not the slightest ground for supposing that our sense of fitness and our consequent faith in uniformity tell us anything about a reality external to ourselves. Our convictions are simply a fact about us-like the colour of our hair. If Naturalism is true we have no reason to trust our conviction that Nature is uniform.”

C.S. Lewis,  Miracles


2 thoughts on “They Said It: Darwin’s Doubt and C.S. Lewis on Naturalism

    • I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard him share it a couple times, once on the Unbelievable? podcast, and once online from one of the Veritas Forum events. It took me a couple of times to “get it”, but yeah, it’s a powerful argument. Talk about cutting off Goliath’s head with his own sword! What little I’ve read of the rebuttal against the argument has been pretty weak. Thank God for Alvin Plantinga.

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