Christianity & the Unfriendly God

The following excerpt comes from C.S. Lewis’ book Miracles (chapter 11: Christianity and ‘religion’):

We who defend Christianity find ourselves constantly opposed not by the irreligion of our hearers but by their real religion.

Speak about beauty, truth and goodness, or about a God who is simply the indwelling principle of these three, speak about a great spiritual force pervading all things, a common mind of which we are all parts, a pool of generalized spirituality to which we can all flow, and you will command friendly interest.

But the temperature drops as soon as you mention a God who has purposes and performs particular actions, who does one thing and not another, a concrete, choosing, commanding, prohibiting God with a determinate character.

People become embarrassed or angry.  Such a conception seems to them primitive and crude and even irreverent.”