‘How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Woke Nightmare’

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C.S. Lewis–he knew which way the wind was blowing.

[Thanks to Susan for the tip.]

We should listen to great writers, even fantasy writers, when they warn us off doing stupid stuff that will make bad things happen. They are very often right. But we hardly ever listen, do we?

Check out this essay by Jared Whitley in townhall.com, March 27: “How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Woke Nightmare” (https://townhall.com/columnists/jaredwhitley/2021/03/27/how-cs-lewis-predicted-woke-education-could-turn-democracy-into-dictatorship-n2586801). These predictions are to be found in “Screwtape Proposes a Toast,” an addendum to Lewis’ famous The Screwtape Letters. If you haven’t read that yet, you really should.

Lewis realized that “the term democracy can be warped into destroying excellence, first in the halls of education and then to society at large, to make sure everyone stays ‘equal’.” Bingo! Bullseye!

And how do you water down excellence? Pass/Fail courses. Dumb down the curriculum. Meaningless stupid courses that stultify the brain. And, indispensably, “all, or nearly all, citizens can go to universities”–because if practically everybody has one of those watered-down college degrees, what’s the degree worth?

“Corruption of language” is also important. Suddenly words mean anything you, personally, want them to mean–and no one can understand what anyone else is talking about.

It’s always easier to build down than to build up. We’ll never find a way to make everybody smart, but we can certainly make a lot of people stupid. Our whole system of public education is living proof of that.

The university was once the repository of humanity’s collective wisdom and experience.

Now it’s a moron factory.

Why does that make me think of another cautionary tale–The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells? Whose books, by the way, were a lot wiser than he was.

 

‘The Maze Runner’ etc. (2012)

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Will we ever be rid of the sophomoric notion that only what’s ugly, mean, base, stupid, cruel, or evil is “real”? I was so sure C.S. Lewis totally debunked that in The Screwtape Letters, but then along came The Maze Runner.

https://leeduigon.com/2012/12/21/the-maze-runner-etc/

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From Chalcedon’s Archive: I Review a Very Weird Book

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Chalcedon published this review last year. In retrospect, I think Heaven Breaks In, by Nicholas Cappas, is one of the oddest books I’ve ever read.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/heaven-breaks-in-by-nicholas-cappas

I mean, the college setting of this book is so far out, it’s just about extraterrestrial.

We want to regain cultural ground for Christ’s Kingdom, we want to win it back–and that means our “Christian fiction” has to be at least as good, and preferably better than, as the stuff cooked up by secular writers. The label “Christian” should not be used as an excuse for inferior quality!

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As I learn to find my way around Chalcedon’s new website (www.chalcedon.edu/resources), I’ll try to get readers to follow me there. This blog is the child of Chalcedon, and I hope the kid has grown enough to help Ma and Dad around the house.

For those of you who are more tech-savvy than I am (that would be just about everybody), the new Chalcedon site is a treasure trove–videos, podcasts, chapel services (also posted on Facebook), interviews, Q&A sessions. I hope you have time to sample its wares. And let me know, if you have something you’d like me to pass on to the management.

Can Satan Be Tempted to Do Good?

Can the Devil be tempted to do good, instead of evil?

That’s a question, so I hear, which may be addressed by the new devil-friendly TV series, Lucifer Morningstar. I’m not looking to give them free publicity, so after these remarks I’ll shut up about it.

Before Hollywood screenwriters can grapple with this question, they ought to demonstrate that they know the difference between good and evil–something which is very much in doubt. Most of their output indicates that they have mistaken one for the other.

In an age of rampant Biblical illiteracy, Hollywood is more illiterate than most. Just look at their product. Not that everything they produce is pure toxic slime: but an awful lot of it is nothing else.

In his classic, The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis wrote a whole book from the viewpoint of a devil. What do you want to bet none of the Lucifer Morningstar crowd ever read it?

There’s nothing a TV series will be able to do better than C.S. Lewis has already done it.