"People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain in which God says, 'If you keep a lot of rules I'll reward you, and if you don't I'll do the other thing.'"

Regarding this paragraph, A. N. Wilson says, "It is unfortunate that shorthand . . . makes Lewis imply that the life of submission to Grace is a course of self-improvement. Indeed overall, he says surprisingly little about Grace and next to nothing about the sacramental life" (C. S. Lewis: A Biography, 179).