Monday, June 16, 2008

CS Lewis - Prophet

We enjoyed listening to The Magician's Nephew in the car yesterday on the way to the beach at Troon. One thing struck me when I heard the nasty Uncle Andrew expounding his views. How prescient CS Lewis was 50 years ago in spotting where the likes of Professor Dawkins would go with their version of medical ethics.

Compare and contrast. This from The Telegraph (High on Moral Anaesthesia):

We must prepare for another dose of moral anaesthesia. Enter Richard Dawkins, Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, syringe at the ready. "People who object to research of this kind must explain exactly who would, in their view, be damaged by it. Phrases like 'playing God' form no part of a valid argument."

with Uncle Andrew:

"But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys—and servants—and women—and even people in general, can't possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny."

-CS Lewis, The Magician's Nephew, Chapter 2

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