Miracles: A Preliminary Study by C.S. Lewis is a small and important book that has been in the back of my head now for many, many months. The cover states: For the reader who has difficulty in finding use for miracles, the author restores them to their reasonable place as part of God’s way with man. This is a book with seventeen chapters. The ninth chapter bears the title “A Chapter Not Strictly Necessary”, followed by “Horrid Red Things.” Confer “The Beast with Red Cheeks” from End of History or “Men without Chests” from Abolition of Man. A quote:
“The Englishness of English is audible only to those who know some other language as well. In the same way and for the same reason, only Supernaturalists really see Nature. You must go a little away from her, and then turn round, and look back. Then at last the true landscape will become visible … The “vanity” to which she was subjected was her disease, not her essence.”
I assume Lewis has much to teach the careful reader.