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The Foundation of Traditional Ethics

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In “Abolition of Man”, author C.S. Lewis discussed the foundation of traditional ethics by embracing the Chinese word Tao, meaning “the Way.” Lewis declares that people today have assumed a place outside the Tao. This position involves, according to C.S. Lewis, a choice between two evils; and one or the other evil is our destiny if we believe that the Tao isn’t real. But aside from such everyday thoughts, there are hypothetical problems to this belief.

The demand to abandon traditional ethics is frequently related to what is thought to be a new and rational set of morals. This new standard typically amounts to the protection of humanity. This is still not a new value; it is as old as any other value and a part of the Tao. And it is hard to understand where else any standards could originate than in the Tao.

The thinking that helps to expose traditional ethics is the kind of reasoning that will never grasp applied conclusions. It can only create declarations of fact. Nor will it be helped by any call to instinct. To have impulsive needs doesn’t mean that we must obey them. Furthermore, wishes to guarantee an extended and joyful future for humanity is just one among many strong instincts, such as the necessity to protect one’s own life or children.

To choose which instinct is to be followed to what point, some advice from outside the realm of instinct is crucial. Applied values cannot be grasped as conclusions: they are principles. When one idea is known, the rationality of the Tao is indirectly familiar. And that means the legitimacy of all the other principles are as well. If there is, for example, a responsibility to future generations, then it is impossible to understand why there should not be a similarly required...

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Laws are being passed, not against our actions, but against what we think. If you don’t know that, you look at the free speech, you look at the fairness doctrine, you look at these other things, and I’m telling you, they want you. They don’t care if you’re a Muslim; they don’t care if you’re a Buddhist; they don’t care because it’s a war against truth, and Jesus is the way; He is the truth; He is the life. (True Woman)

As I read “The Abolition of Man” and listened to Kay Arthur’s message from the True Woman’s conference, it just reassures that with complete confidence no man is ever going to come to the Father but through Jesus.

Works Cited

Holy Bible. NIV. John 17:15-17.

Lewis, C. S. The Abolition of Man. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. Print.

True Woman. “Revive Our Hearts Conference 2010.” Web. “A True Woman Rebuilds Walls”. Kay Arthur.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how c.s. lewis discussed the foundation of traditional ethics by embracing the chinese word tao, meaning "the way."
  • Explains that the demand to abandon traditional ethics is often related to what is thought to be a new and rational set of morals.
  • Opines that the thinking that exposes traditional ethics is the kind of reasoning that will never grasp applied conclusions.
  • Opines that advice from outside the realm of instinct is crucial to choose which instinct to follow to what point. applied values cannot be grasped as conclusions.
  • Argues that criticism from outside the tao eliminates itself from any foundation on which it can declare morals. standards are, on this interpretation, just another part of nature occupied sooner or later by practical knowledge.
  • Analyzes how lewis argues that the effort to expose traditional standards is often centered on a set of morals which is deliberated to be new, but which in fact resembles traditional ethics. the modernizer will be incapable to clarify why this choice is reserved while the rest is forbidden.
  • Opines that man's defeat of nature will be accomplished when human nature is dominated. morals will then be something for humans to create and adapt, not something to be led by.
  • Analyzes kay arthur's 50-minute message at the revive our hearts' "true woman" conference in 2010 in chattanooga, tennessee.
  • Analyzes how jesus prayed for us in john 17 as he completed his work on earth, as he was on his way to the garden of gethsemane.
  • Opines that our culture has lost the fear of god because we have abandoned god's word. satan is the father of lies and he was a deceiver from the start.
  • Opines that we must be people who know god and know the bible. we need to take a step back and value our lives and see where we're going.
  • Explains that god wants to increase us. he instructs us to be his voice and his interceder in the middle of a twisted and stubborn society.
  • Opines that when our president came into office, he refused to attend the national day of prayer.
  • Reminds us that the loving-kindness of god does not stop. his mercies are new every morning. we need to stop crying about a past that we cannot alter.
  • Concludes that laws are being passed, not against our actions, but against what we think. it's a war against truth, and jesus is the way.
  • Opines that reading "the abolition of man" and kay arthur's message from the true woman’s conference reassures that no man will ever come to the father but through jesus.
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