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A Book Observed - The Abolition of Man
"We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” – C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
In this classic, Lewis reflects on the effects of modernity and sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values, such as courage and honor, in contemporary society.
Dr. Michael Ward, author of After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man, shares his insights on this powerful work from C.S. Lewis.
A Guide to C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man
When we say something is right or wrong, are we recognizing a reality outside ourselves, or merely reporting a subjective sentiment? Lewis addresses the matter from a purely philosophical standpoint, leaving theological matters to one side. He makes a powerful case against subjectivism, issuing an intellectual warning that, in our “post-truth” twenty-first century, has even more relevance than when he originally presented it. Lewis characterized The Abolition of Man as “almost my favourite among my books,” and his biographer Walter Hooper has called it “an all but indispensable introduction to the entire corpus of Lewisiana.”
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Michael Ward is a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. He studied English at the University of Oxford, theology at the University of Cambridge, and he earned his PhD in Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author and editor of multiple books, most notably the award-winning Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man and The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death, Dr. Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to Lewis in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, London.