The Abolition of Man

  • by C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Douglas Gresham
  • 1 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Both astonishing and prophetic, The Abolition of Man remains one of C. S. Lewis's most controversial works. Lewis sets out to persuade his audience of the ongoing importance and relevance of universal objective values, such as courage and honor, and the foundational necessity of natural law. He also makes a cogent case that a retreat from these pillars of our educational system, even if in the name of "scientism", would be catastrophic. National Review lists it as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century".


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This is a classic work from Lewis. Helpful in understanding the importance of a real, objective morality.
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- Nick

Lewis the philosopher, not the theologian

The performance is flawless.
The book is well written, but more mentally taxing than most of Lewis, as it is, in a sense, a philosophical critique of modern science.

This book was nothing that I expected. Not that I had any idea what it was going to be about when I started listening to it. I chose it because it's Lewis, and I have loved everything he's written. And as with his other work, I was expecting this to be a theological work.

It is not.

I am sure it's influenced by his Christian values, but this is rather a philosophical critique of modern society's obsession with progress. Of how Lewis' culture was losing its appreciation of a thing in its pursuit of understanding it.

I would recommend this book, as I think I agree with Lewis' point, and feel it's still valid today, however, with a caveat. This was at times difficult to follow/understand for someone expecting another theological discussion.
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- Ian McKay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio