Here’s a quote posted recently by The Armchair Apologist:
There’s a time to suggest politely, “While I don’t find Mr. Lewis’s logic entirely persuasive…,” and there’s a time to point out that this is what passes for a reasoned argument from a man who, fifty years after his death, remains one of the most respected Christian intellectuals out there.
First, Lewis assumes that complexity (in this case, a reliable brain) can’t possibly come from an undesigned universe. As I recall, Lewis believed in evolution, but he apparently didn’t understand its implications. The theory of evolution by natural selection shows how unplanned complexity arises. It’s not just blind chance alone. It’s not just Lewis’s inept milk jug analogy. It’s a mindless, algorithmic process by which adaptive changes are conserved and built upon, bit by bit by bit. The gradual development of intelligence in our ancestors was an adaptive change that made them better able to survive. Lewis’s argument would only make sense if he could disprove the theory of evolution and show that there’s no alternative to intelligent design, but not only did he never attempt that, he apparently never even realized that he needed to.
Second—and this is what’s so contemptible about Lewis—is the not-so-sneaky way he tries to undermine the whole notion of evidence-based reasoning. He makes his case for god by invoking reason, even as he claims that it’s invalid for his nonbelieving opponents to do the same. Thus, if you find the evidence against theism to be extensive and persuasive, just ignore it, dear. Don’t trust your brain if it concludes there’s no god. Only trust your brain if it concludes that there is.
Isn’t that neat? Evidence doesn’t matter. Theism wins by definition!
So go ahead and celebrate the power of godly reason by posting C.S. Lewis quotes to your blog, confident that atheists are forever disqualified from using reason against you.