Friday, February 5, 2010

One Grand Miracle

No doctrine supersedes or even approaches the Atonement in importance. It is the grandest miracle to have ever occurred. C.S. Lewis observed that if one takes away the miracles attributed to Buddhism, there would be “no loss” to religion. If all miracles were eliminated from Islam, he adds, “nothing essential would be altered.” Then this striking observation: “But you cannot possibly do that with Christianity, because the Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion” that Christ came “into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing Nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left.”

From The Infinite Atonement, by Tad R. Callister, pg.8-9. Deseret Book 2000