“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.”
“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 honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”
“An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man’s mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut. He can say nothing to the purpose. Outside the Tao there is no ground for criticizing either the Tao or anything else.”
“For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men: the solution is a technique; and both, in the practice of this technique, are ready to do things hitherto regarded as disgusting and impious…”
C. S. Lewis is widely known as the author of fiction masterpieces like The Chronicles of Narnia and Christian classics such as Mere Christianity. But perhaps one of his most important works is The Abolition of Man, a small book based on lectures he delivered at the University of Durham in 1943.
National Review chose The Abolition of Man as #7 on their “100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century.”
Walter Hooper – friend, secretary, biographer, and literary editor of Lewis – called it “an all but indispensable introduction to the entire corpus of Lewisiana.”
Lewis himself described it as “almost my favorite among my books.”
The Abolition of Man examines issues of natural law, the purpose of education, the role of the educator, and the ultimate nature of truth.
It is a book that I personally believe every educator ought to read, and it is especially valuable for the homeschool parent as we consider the philosophical underpinnings of this great work in which we are engaged.
But for many, the very philosophical depth that makes this little book so important is also what can make it difficult to understand!
That’s why I’m so excited to invite classical educator (and veteran homeschool mom) Kristen Rudd to give us a workshop on The Abolition of Man!
Whether you have read Lewis’s book before, have read it and failed to understand it, or are revisiting it once again, this webinar is for you!
Kristen recently led our local classical education book group through a 3-month study and discussion time on The Abolition of Man, and I didn’t want you all to miss the fun!
We have a limited number of seats for the live webinar, so register today! If you purchase the webinar beforehand, you will not only receive a discounted rate, but you’ll also be able to participate in a live Q&A time with Kristen at the end of her presentation.
And, of course, the replay recording will be available to you as well.
The cost for The Abolition of Man webinar is $10 for early registration. After the webinar is over, the recorded video will be available for $15.
After your purchase is completed, you can expect to receive an email with a link to the private event. You will also see an immediate download option with a pdf containing the link and event details. Please add [email protected] to your email contacts to make sure you don’t miss any information! You will also see a download option with a pdf containing the link and event details.
What: The Abolition of Man webinar with guest speaker Kristen Rudd
When: Saturday, October 22, 4pm Eastern
Where: live Zoom meeting with Q&A time at the end for live attendees
Meet Our Guest Speaker, Kristen Rudd
Kristen Rudd lives in Cary, NC and is a homeschool mom by day. By night, she’s exhausted.
She currently offers individual writing coaching to students via kristenrudd.com and teaches the Dante Atrium program for the CiRCE Institute. Kristen is the founder of the Triangle Classical Forum, a local initiative to build community amongst classical educators of all stripes in North Carolina’s Triangle region; she is the founder of the Independent Classical Educator Fellowship, a convivial group for like-minded entrepreneuring classical educators; and she runs #100DaysofDante, #ThisisEpic, and #everydayOvid, Facebook groups designed to help people read classics in community.
Kristen is a CiRCE Institute certified Master Teacher and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Classical Teaching through the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. She is writing her thesis project on Dante’s Divine Comedy.