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Made for Another World

Thomas Whitley

Note: This is part of an ongoing series evaluating C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.

I have finally gotten through book three of C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. This book is entitled, “Christian Behaviour” and deals in large part with morality. In his chapter on hope Lewis makes the following statement, one that has gained an enormous amount of popularity among Christians since it’s composition:

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

Regular readers of this site will probably be able to guess that I do not share Lewis’ eschatology, but putting that aside I wonder how strong this point is. I find myself a little uncomfortable with its wide-spread acceptance and use to win an argument when Lewis doesn’t give any examples of “a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy.”

Can you think of “a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy?”

Can you think of “a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy” yet that you believe does not necessarily mean you were “made for another world?”