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The Abolition of Man is Humanity in the Trenches


Is it Narnia? Of course it isn’t. But it’s good. C. S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man has been called his most difficult work. It’s a short but dense argument about how modern education and culture are removing our capacity for virtue and destroying what makes us human.

“Abolition” is a must-read—especially in our cultural moment. And a new companion volume by Michael Ward called After Humanity can help you understand Lewis’ message and its background.

For instance, did you know that Lewis almost died in the trenches of World War I when he got hit with shrapnel? Ward notes how this near-death experience forever shaped the way Lewis thought about morality. And it left him with a haunting question: “Is it noble to die for your country?”

Many in his day claimed moral judgments were just feelings. But Lewis knew that without morality, human beings act less than human. Now more than ever, it’s a message we need to hear. Visit breakpoint.org/october and we’ll tell you how you can get a copy of Michael Ward’s outstanding new book, After Humanity.

Publication date: October 22, 2021

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BreakPoint is a program of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. BreakPoint commentaries offer incisive content people can't find anywhere else; content that cuts through the fog of relativism and the news cycle with truth and compassion. Founded by Chuck Colson (1931 – 2012) in 1991 as a daily radio broadcast, BreakPoint provides a Christian perspective on today's news and trends. Today, you can get it in written and a variety of audio formats: on the web, the radio, or your favorite podcast app on the go.

John Stonestreet is President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and radio host of BreakPoint, a daily national radio program providing thought-provoking commentaries on current events and life issues from a biblical worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview.

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