Lewis was dealing with people who say that spiritual truths are too complicated. Take the trinity for instance. Lewis commented,
“It is not good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple. They look simple, but they are not.” (Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity. Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2002, p. 40)Lewis feels that life is complex and we are barking up the wrong tree to try to demand it be made simple.
Einstein, on the other hand, seemed to feel that the truths of nature should fit together simply and should really be able to be understood. I can’t find the quote but I think that summarizes his idea.
What is interesting to me is that Lewis, who claims that great truth is not simple, is easy to understand whereas Einstein who claimed nature is simple was totally confusing. If you have read Lewis you understand my point there. Most of us have not read Einstein. A man who spent a lot of time with him on a ship crossing the Atlantic and listened very carefully, Chaim Weizman is quoted as saying,
“During the crossing, Einstein explained his theory to me every day, and by the time we arrived I was fully convinced that he really understands it.” (Isaacson, Walter. Einstein. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007, p. 292.)Which one is right?
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