Until quite modern times all teachers and even all men believed the universe to be such that certain emotional reactions on our part could be either congruous or incongruous to it–believed, in fact, that objects did not merely receive, but could merit, our approval or disapproval, our reverence, or our contempt. . . . “Can you be righteous,” asks Traherne, “unless you be just in rendering to all their due esteem? All things were made to be yours and you were made to prize them according to their value.”
– The Abolition of Man (New York: Collier, 1962), 25-26.
This point Lewis is making has a great deal to say to us about our affection for God, speaking not just to the degree of our affection, but also its kind.