C.S. Lewis & the Conversion of Imagination


Resisting the Pedagogy of Dwarves: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, C.S. Lewis & the Conversion of Imagination.

“No justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism.” – C.S. Lewis

In 1943, C.S. Lewis presented a series of lectures (later a book) entitled The Abolition of Man: Reflections on education with special reference to the teaching of English in the upper forms of schools.  The lectures offered a critique of modern approaches to teaching which undermine objective truth.

In this talk presented at Scholarship in the Cathedral, Scott Stephens (ABC Religion & Ethics) reflects on the current state of education through the lens of C.S. Lewis’ reflections in The Abolition of Man. He looks at the how modern ‘dogma of progress’ is actually an inhibitor of freedom and how the commitment to emancipation from tradition over truth is breeding ‘narcisistic, self-enclosed’ communities.

He also looks at how Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI approaches these themes in Deus Caritas Est. 

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This talk was presented as part of the Scholarship in the Cathedral series being organised by the Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Sydney.

Come along to  St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, Sydney at 6:30pm each Friday during Lent to hear reflections on recent popes and the evangelisation of culture from Anna Krohn, Dr Robert Tilley and Fr Richard Umbers. For more information visit the Scholarship in the Cathedral Facebook page.

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