In Mere Christianity, is C.S. Lewis’ comparison of casual sex and chewing food and spitting it out effective?
Can someone help me please with this? Thanks Joelle. In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis writes, “The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside of marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one union (sexual) from all other kinds of union, which are meant to go along with it and make up the total union. The Christian attitude doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong about sexual pleasure…It means that you mustn’t isolate that pleasure and try to get it by itself, anymore than you ought to try to get the pleasure of taste without swallowing and digesting, by chewing things and spitting them out again
This really depends on whether you happen to agree with him. If you agree with him, it will sound logical. But if you don't, there's no reason that this will convince you.
Lewis is trying to claim that sexual union must go together with other sorts of union. But this does not necessarily follow. Look at it the other way. We have an intense union with our children and our parents and our siblings. But we do not have a union with them. Does this mean that we are swallowing without chewing when we do this?
If you do believe that love and sex must go together, though, this is an effective metaphor. It allows you to think about the way in which sex without love and marriage is unnatural. However, you have to believe it first or else you will not be convinced.