From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

CS Lewis And Dogs

From somewhere in the back of my head has come this idea, in several sermons, that dogs don’t get pointing. You can point to a toy, but the dog will come sniff your finger not look at the toy (this from my own experience with schnauzers).

I found the reference this morning, and it’s from C.S. Lewis. It’s from a blog by John Samson (Reformation Study Center – click here). Here’s the quote, along with a comment from Samson:

“You will have noticed that most dogs cannot understand pointing. You point to a bit of food on the floor; the dog, instead of looking at the floor, sniffs at your finger. A finger is a finger to him, and that is all. His world is all fact and no meaning.” – C. S. Lewis.

Study the human eye with its billions of intricate working parts that makes sight possible and you will find that it connects with the human brain in ways still beyond all current scientific and technological progress. You can try to muffle the silent screams of creation all around you, whether in outer space with our sun being just the right distance away from earth to make life possible (another million miles closer or nearer and we would either fry or freeze to death), or consider the inner world of the human body with its DNA code that contains more information than a vast array of encyclopaedias… and deep down, you and I know that there is amazing design all around us that point to a vastly intelligent Designer. Creation is pointing somewhere. Do you get the point? – John Samson

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