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Three new documentaries on C.S. Lewis and Scientism
Jan 10th, 2019 at 7:51pm
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These are decent documentaries and pretty accessible, I think.  Lewis often compared science to magic, calling it "the magicians twin" (which is the name of the longest video of the series). 

This comparison is founded on Lewis's observation that, like magic, science, at least in the modern world, rather than being merely a quest for knowledge has become largely a quest for power.  Science can give us incredible power, and has, power which we often abuse.

Most Christians recognize the abuses of science when scientists attack religion, far fewer recognize its abuses in creating our technological society, which society, by breaking down the traditional agrarian world in which Christianity thrived, has down much to harm the religion.  But too many Christians, like most other people in our time, are still fascinated with technological progress, which in reality, is about as evil as most so-called social progress, and often goes hand in hand with it. 

Want an example of technological progress and so-called social progress going hand in hand?  Birth control, which has helped to completely upend our social order and basically made women into a new species.  Women who use birth control can now be as careless and wanton in the sexual arena as men.  Woman-on-birth-control is practically a different species from woman before birth control....and that's just one example.

The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism



(I will say that a few minutes into this video, one of the commentators gives a garbled description of magic.  He likens magic to believing in fairy's and the worldview of something like Tolkien's LOTR.  But this is not magic.  What Lewis meant by magic was the attempt to control the world through a powerful system of knowledge.  The magician learns spells and such and can use them to manipulate his environment, just as science can give us technologies to manipulate our environment.

Lewis himself wrote fantasy novels, and he certainly didn't think of himself as promoting a "magical worldview" as this commentator calls it.  Also, the commentator mentions Tolkien and Harry Potter as if they were one of a kind, which is like mentioning Shakespeare and Snoop Dogg in the same breath.)   

 
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Reply #1 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 7:53pm
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C.S. Lewis and Evolution:



C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design:

  



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Re: Three new documentaries on C.S. Lewis and Scientism
Reply #2 - Jan 13th, 2019 at 4:38pm
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Will be watching these.
  


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Re: Three new documentaries on C.S. Lewis and Scientism
Reply #3 - Mar 18th, 2019 at 6:27am
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CS Lewis, and his good friend JRR, were very much a part of my childhood; Lewis's Silent Planet trilogy was part of my Sci-Fi youth.

I still think of both authors with great affection, but I'm fairly sure that neither should be taken as a great thinker, more as voices of bewilderment and sadness at changes they didn't like.


In your OP, Frank, you say .... like magic, science, at least in the modern world, rather than being merely a quest for knowledge has become largely a quest for power.  Science can give us incredible power, and has, power which we often abuse.


Delete 'science', insert 'religion' and you have a description of what organised religion, certainly Islam nowadays and Christianity until very recently, did.


Is it the usurpation of that which informs the lament of Lewis, back decades ago?

Perhaps I am being a little unfair though, as are you; not all religious leaders or political leaders seek or sought power through the distortion of religion, nor is all science a power grab, far from it.

Most scientific endevour is aimed fair and square at making life better.
  

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