Magazine September 30, 2019, Issue

C. S. Lewis and the Religion of Science

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The Restoration of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Continuing Case against Scientism, 3rd ed., by Michael D. Aeschliman (Discovery Institute, 182 pp., $14.95)

In the previous century, the language wars were fought over adverbs; at issue was discipline of thought and speech. How many thousands of readers of The Elements of Style felt that mixture of shame and delight when they read what Strunk and White had to say about “hopefully”? “This once-useful adverb meaning ‘with hope’ has been distorted and is now widely used to mean ‘I hope.’ Such use is not merely wrong, it is silly.”

Oh, for the good old days.

To be sure, Orwell was there to remind us about the dangers of newspeak. But as the century ground to its

This article appears as “Recovering Our Reason” in the September 30, 2019, print edition of National Review.

Christopher O. Blum is the academic dean of the Augustine Institute’s graduate school of theology in Greenwood Village, Colo. He is the co-author, with Joshua Hochschild, of A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction.

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