The Abolition of Man
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: HarperOne (April 7, 2015)
Kindle: 482 KB
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (June 3, 2009)
Available on Amazon or as a free download on Archive.org.
Men Without Chests
This is the book my GoodReads group is reading this month. I just started it but I wanted to put it up anyway.
In the classic The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society. Both astonishing and prophetic, The Abolition of Man is one of the most debated of Lewis’s extraordinary works. National Review chose it as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century."
C.S. Lewis is famous for his well-loved Narnia books, but he is also considered to be one of the most important and influential Christian theologians of the past century.
He was raised in a religious Church of Ireland family but as a teen became an "angry" atheist. He eventually returned to Christianity through his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, who was part of their group of writer (the Inklings). Lewis resisted returning to Christ, describing his conversion as "kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance to escape."
I'm quote looking forward to finally reading this collection of essays, which everyone seems to call "prophetic." Now I get to find out why.
Reviewed by VM on April 1, 2016