Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Durham and men without chests

Lewis's book Abolition of Man came as a result of being a visiting lecturer at University of Durham's Riddell Memorial lectures, February 24-26, 1943. He takes on authors and educators for subverting moral values essential to meaningful life and learning.

"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 honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful" (p. 26).

Lewis wrote appreciatively of Durham's cathedral and spent time exploring its intricacies while here. 

Knox was called to trial in Durham at the Synod of the North. Bishop Tunstall, hater of Tyndale, tried to accuse Knox of heresy. Imagine the deficiencies of a Reformation that keeps a man as a Bishop who hated a vernacular Bible. Knox accused the bishop of idolatry for keeping so much medieval unbiblical clutter, all of which obscures Jesus Christ. 

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