Tuesday, June 28, 2005

A thought that I love

The natural world of God's creation, Lewis believed, imposes a boundary to the human imagination. We cannot, like God, create ex nihilo, out of nothing. We can only rearrange elements that God has already made and that are overflowing with his meanings. Our proper mode of imaginative making is what Lewis's friend J.R.R. Tolkien dubbed subcreation. We create a kind of secondary nature.

— Colin Duriez, A Field Guide to Narnia, third chapter.