- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Fount; New edition edition (7 Jun. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006281397
- ISBN-13: 978-0006281399
- Package Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,595,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Abolition of Man Paperback – 7 Jun 1999
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From the Back Cover
“ If someone were to come to me and say that, excepting the Bible, everyone on earth was going to be required to read one and the same book, and then ask what it should be, I would with no hesitation say 'The Abolition of Man'. It is the most perfectly reasoned defence of Natural Law (Morality) I have ever seen, or believe to exist. If any book is able to save us from future excesses of folly and evil, it is this book.”
“No review can do justice to C.S. Lewis: his writing has a clarity and authority that are impossible to convey. He must be read.”
CHURCH OF ENGLAND NEWSPAPER
“It is a real triumph. There may be a piece of contemporary writing in which precision of thought, liveliness of expression and depth of meaning unite with the same felicity, but I have not come across it.”
About the Author
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.
Top Customer Reviews
The pressure is on to eradicate all the fundamental core values that we hold. We see our traditional values being assaulted without stirring much alarm. We reason on some of the first principles that define us as human, and human nature is the final area of "Nature" that we seek to conquer or overpower. Then who are we? Lewis argues, 'Man's conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature's conquest of Man.' (p. 41) 'We have been trying like Lear, to have it both ways: to lay down our human prerogative and yet at the same time to retain it. It is impossible.' (p.43)
I must say, as pointed out by Lewis, schools today play a crucial role in "conditioning" our kids and the future generation under the regulation of the state. What Lewis has argued has happened at school today, and sadly for us, we do not have a critical voice as forceful, articulate and eloquent to expose the danger of this path for everyone to see. A sober read.
But if you can only bare with it and keep going you realise that the vital point he is making is buried in the heart of the book, and actually the subliminal nature of reductionist and relativistic thinking is just the problem he is talking about. It was only about half way through the book that I realised what CS Lewis' message was and, more importantly, how pertinent it is to public life in 2013 Britain. Stunning.
Because of the format it is fairly inaccessible for average readers like me, but in terms of the central idea this book is a potential life-changer. An easy 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Actually this must be about the fifth copy I've purchased because I keep giving them away. Such a very important - and prophetic - book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jackie S
This is by far the best of Lewis's work. Although it is short, it is so chock-a-bloc full of insight and wisdom, and foresight, that its lain to see that when he wrote this in the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Xander Duffy
He has a gift for exposing and elegantly conveying the truth. A short number but one that everyone should read and meditate onPublished on 14 Jun. 2014 by Dave
I feel validated after reading this. All I have thought to be wrong with society demonstrated more eloquently than any modern author could. Read morePublished on 16 April 2014 by Dai A G Prout