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That Hideous Strength was not an Instruction Manual

March 26th, 2013 by G.

A Mormon student at Florida Atlantic University is up on academic charges, likely for complaining about a classroom exercise where he was asked to stomp on the name of Jesus.

The good news is that our Mormon brother stood as a witness for Christ. The bad news is the world is making it too easy to stand for Christ. C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength wasn’t meant to be an instruction manual.

The real good news, though, is also a parallel to That Hideous Strength. There, the protagonist first starts thinking there may be something to Jesus when he’s asked to trample on a crucifix. Where are the professors asking students to trample on the emblems of Judaism or Hinduism or Islam (snort!) or the Enlightenment? As always, they of the devil’s party can’t help confess that Jesus is the Christ.

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March 26th, 2013 09:34:37

Adam G.
March 26, 2013

March 26, 2013

I am reluctant to climb aboard this bandwagon, because I am not confident that Rotela has given us the full story. The exercise was inappropriate, for many reasons, but that does not guarantee that a negative response to it might not also take an inappropriate form.

Sadly, the Saints are fallible enough that it is all too plausible Rotela lost his temper. I have been known to do so myself. From time to time.

March 26, 2013

Losing one’s temper is de rigueur when one is asked to trample on the name of Christ.

Adam G.
March 26, 2013

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