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Lewis's Commentary on the Modern Debunking of True and Sensible Virtues

In Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis opens with a critique of "Gaius" and "Titius" who have written a book - "The Green Book" - on English composition. Lewis observes the authors performing a great disservice to the pupil, failing to teach him virtues and values which certain objects and circumstances in the universe necessarily merit.

 “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 honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”Abolition of Man, p.37

The Certain Death of Meaning

In the hands of a certain gardener,
Denying God and bowing to the material,
Words once sown in soils of Meaning
Are uprooted from fertile ground
Discarded into a heap void of fecundity-
Left to bake under an unprotected sun,
'Til the words shrivel
And life ceases.

From the lips of a 20 month old

Three memorable quotations from the lips of our walking tape recorder, Anna, utter on this past Father's Day weekend:

1. While sitting in a time out, we hear Anna begin to whimper and then she stops and these words fall from her lips: "Daddy back soon. Patient."

2. Walking back into the kitchen to get herself some seconds from the stovetop, Amber asked me, "You want more, babe?" A few minutes later, while the three of us sat at the table, Anna decided to chime in, "Want more babe?" I interpreted first and when I let Amber know what she was saying, we erupted in laughter. This, of course, was a cue for Anna to basically put those three words on repeat for the next five minutes.

3. As we loaded into the Buick Sunday morning, from her car seat, Anna with her finger in her nose says, "Booger out." It didn't take long for mommy to confess as the culprit who accidentally taught our precious daughter these adorably gross words :)

Have you considered?

In a world hungry to accumulate more music,
Have you considered sitting under a tree
To listen to the wind rustling the leaves?

In a world hungry for visual stimulation,
Have you considered lying under a canopy of stars
Strung out like diamonds across an endless canvas?

In a world hungry to being entertained,
Have you considered being led by a little child
Into the joys of simple and wondrous new discoveries?

In a world hungry for stories both fantastical and feigned,
Have you considered entering into the Grand Narrative,
Penned with vibrant characters and crescendos of tragedy and victory?

In a world hungry to dine on delicacies,
Have you considered savoring the words of Christ:
"I have food to eat that you know nothing about."

Thank you, Eric Metaxas

Having now encountered a trifecta of Eric Metaxas' influences - first, my reading of Bonhoeffer, then following Socrates in the City lectures and most recently reading his own telling of his conversion in Christianity Today- I am growing in my gratitude for the influences of this man in our culture. As a respecter of thoughtful writing and engagement with the mind of contemporary culture, I see the "Christ-life" being lived and shared by Mr. Metaxas, and I am grateful for his example - albeit from afar.

Presently, I am in a survey course of C.S. Lewis, and I remarked to a friend, "Who will be the "Lewis" of our generation when we look back fifty years from now?" I am beginning to wonder if Eric Metaxas might be among that company.

Lewis on Meaning in the Universe

“If our universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that is has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”