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The Abolition of man

The Abolition of man

Postby Lori » 02 Oct 2005, 03:08

Hello everyone,
I'm wondering how "The Abolition.." compares to books like Mere Christianity and other non-fictions of Lewis. I've just finished reading "The Great Divorce." Very powerful, but wondering about this one.
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re: The Abolition of man

Postby loeee » 03 Oct 2005, 19:26

Lori, TAoM is more a defense of cultural standards and less a defense of Christianity. Lewis is specifically decrying the trend he sees in education to undermine traditional social morality.

Actually, I probably did not put that well at all, but I'm letting it stand because it is the best I can come up with. I am open to suggestions for better terms than "cultural standards" and "social morality."
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re: The Abolition of man

Postby magpie » 03 Oct 2005, 20:32

Loeee, you have stated it very well. No need to change a word.
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re: The Abolition of man

Postby Tony » 04 Oct 2005, 23:33

This book is a quick read, but is really awesome. Lewis blows me away.
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response to abolition question

Postby contemplative » 29 Oct 2006, 00:08

The Abolition of Man is a touchstone for me. It attacks the central error of the pseudo-scientific materialism which hovers behind present day discussions of ethics - the assumption that there are no absolutes. Jay Budzizewski covers the same ground that Lewis does in the former's book What you Cannot Not Know. Budzizewski examines this modern mistake by looking at it from the standpoint of the Christian philosophical area that has traditionally dealt with this issue - 'natural law'. Lewis uses the same sort of thinking as a springboard to a wonderfully accessible apologetic argument in the short essay 'Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe'.
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