Thursday, August 9, 2007

That Hideous Strength

Roger R., at The Inklings, thinks it may well be time to read [or re-read] C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength, the third book of his science fiction trilogy. First published in 1946, it may be more relevant than ever:
The book explores how pure materialism produces a nihilism that is incompatible with moral ethics, individual liberty, spiritual truth, and the foundations of civil society. Drawing upon the analysis in his brilliant book, The Abolition of Man, Lewis satirizes government power, moral relativism, academic politics, bio-engineering, mass media, narcissism and blind ambition, atheism, materialistic culture, egalitarianism, scientism, non-traditional education which "experiments" on children, and much more.
[The picture is of my copy, published by Macmillan, purchased in 1968]

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