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Damned nonsense

[Revised 4-16-12]

"Damned nonsense" is an expression C. S. Lewis used. In someplaces, I have expanded it to "damned 'commie' nonsense." The only noun is nonsense. Commie is used as an adjective. No commie (noun) is damned at this time. They are headed that way but have a chance to change.

I don't think Lewis would object much even though he had admitted leftist leanings. The context is that he used it in response to a Pantheist argument.

"The Christian replies, "Don't talk damned nonsense." For Christianity is a fighting religion. It thinks God made the world---that space and time, heat and cold, and all the colours and tastes, and all the animals and vegetables, are things that God "made up out of his head" as a man makes up a story. But it also thinks that a great many things have gone wrong with the world that God made and that God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again."

Mere Christianity, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1952, page 45.

"Damned nonsense" deserves to be used more often and more widely. It seems to me more authoritative than some of the other expressions we use. (Most people have forgotten who Barbara Streisand is).

Don't make the error of believing "heat and cold" are one of the things that "have gone wrong with the world." That would be damned nonsense also. (Genesis 8:22).

Lewis received a complaint about the use of "damned." If you should complain to me, I would again turn to his words.

"But I mean exactly what I say---nonsense that is damned is under God's curse, and will (apart from God's grace) lead those who believe it to eternal death."


Imagine that.

God doen't like those who deceive His people. It's in The Book. Have you read it?

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