Friday, January 23, 2009

The Abolition of Man

In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis discusses the philosophy of education. He starts by talking about the miseducation of our youth from the "uncultivated souls", who lack the capacity to perceive all of God's splendor and His wondrous grace. In addition to realizing that God's grace and splendor is the greatest of all gifts, we must understand that intellect and reasoning cannot take the place of emotions.

Lewis continues to discuss that education is creating "men without chests." These "men without chests" lack virtue and the set of values necessary for all men. We must understand that in our education, we must never cease to teach principles such as integrity, honesty, and diligence. For if we continue to strip away virtuous education, our society will fail and an undesirable future will come upon us.

We must recognize God's grace and live according to how Jesus commanded. Our vocation, and calling to be fishers of men is the task that our Savior appointed to us. In doing so, we glorify and give honor to Him.

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