In the foreword to his novel "That Hideous Strength," Lewis says it is a fictionalized story that seeks to illustrate the main points he makes in "The Abolition of Man." Join us as we unpack the important themes in these eerily relevant books and reflect on what they mean for us today in terms of living boldly for Christ in an increasingly secular age.
Episode 4: Not as Unwise but as Wise: Reflections from C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man and That Hideous Strength "Men Without Chests" focuses on the concept and critical importance of objectivity of value. In this episode, we explore that concept through some thematic analysis and through looking at the Tao of sentiment, with a quick trip to Narnia to look at Eustace Scrubb and Experiment House.
"Men Without Chests" is the first chapter in The Abolition of Man; Lewis focuses on what he views as a dangerous assumption about feelings as opposed to objective value as reflected in educational materials. In this episode we look at Gaius and Titius and The Green Book and discuss Lewis's use of the image of the waterfall as a sort of proxy for the beauty of Natural Law.
In The Abolition of Man, Lewis addresses some developments of grave concern in the area of education. As background for understanding Lewis's points, in this episode we will look at the history of the liberal arts tradition, the contributions of St. Augustine and his idea of rightly-ordered loves to education, the historic role of the Church in education, the importance of the study of philosophy, and the pernicious influence of Pragmatism on the educational enterprise. We will also look at Psalm 19 and its beautiful linkage of Natural Law and the Word of God.
The Abolition of Man has been named by the National Review as one of the ten most important books of the 20th century, and Lewis expressed the same tenets fictionally in That Hideous Strength. In this episode, we will explore how C.S. Lewis came to write these two books, what was the context at the time, and how the two books are connected. In this series. we will seek to unpack the meaning of Lewis’s works, explore their remarkable relevance for today, and consider how we can respond with practices of Hope and Wisdom rooted in the Scriptures.