The Abolition of Man
And all the time — such is the tragi-comedy of our situation — we continue to clamor for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more “drive”, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or “creativity”. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
The audio presentation below features Ken Myers speaking to a SMU (in Dallas, Tx) audience circa 1999, concerning the meaning, directions, and the deeper philosophical and theoretical implications that have tendencies affecting our lives in light of Christian conviction. We appreciate this opportunity to share with you the substance and insights of that meeting and ask you to join us while we consider what seems to be something that is very profound transpiring in the present. Moreover, it allows us an opportunity to muse at a certain distance what many see as inevitable realties, and over what these kinds of developments mean and how they might effect our lives as Christians.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ken Myers did his first radio interview when he was working in college radio. He was 19 at the time, and his first guest was Johnny Cash. Although he sometimes wonders if he peaked early, he claims that sociologists, historians, psychologists, and even economists can be more interesting than country music singers.
After completing his B.A. in communications with an emphasis in film theory, Myers went to work for National Public Radio, editing material for arts and performance programs. After three years, he decided to go to seminary in order to pursue a teaching ministry. He realized how theologically ill-prepared most Christians (including himself) were to contend with the non-Christian worldviews increasingly prevalent in major cultural institutions. Myers Since 1993, MARS HILL AUDIO has been committed to assisting Christians who desire to move from thoughtless consumption of contemporary culture to a vantage point of thoughtful engagement. This link will take you to our Mars Hill Audio page wherein you will find a hotlink to their home page.
The book titled ==> C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium is something you will also want to be sure and take a look at if you find these themes of interest. Peter Kreeft subtitled this book, Six Essays on The Abolition of Man. Kreeft’s analysis and treatment offers a very rich and detailed exposition of what Lewis had to say in The Abolition of Man. Follow the hotlink above to go to our web page on this book where you will find more information and a link to the Amazon site where you can find more reviews and order information.
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If you are interested in seeing further developments in the way some of these issues are being played out, please visit our page titled ==> Technocalyps, then click on “The Transhuman” for the first in a series of three documentary expositions by film maker Frank Theys.
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