Chapter 2
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The Abolition of Man

Chapter 2



1.  Lewis opens this chapter by saying that “the practical result of education in the spirit of The Green Book must be the destruction of the society which accepts it.”  Is this hyperbole?  Do you agree/disagree?

2.  What purpose is behind Gaius and Titius’ writing of The Green Book?  What values do they hold?


3.  Lewis uses “death for a good cause” as the example for the “Innovator” in stripping away sentiments to get to the underlying basis for values.  First, he considers the _________________ to the community.  What are the shortfalls of this answer?

4.  Next, he considers ______________________.  What are the problems with this explanation for a value system?  Consider Romans 7:21-23.

5.  Lewis concludes that the only basis for a system of values is the Tao.  What does he mean by “the Tao”?  Why do you think Lewis chose this term?

6.  Lewis argues that there are no new ideologies.  Rather, someone grasps one precept of the Tao and expands it in isolation (or “rides it to death”).  Can you think of some examples from history?  How is the rebellion of a new ideology against the Tao like the rebellion of a branch against the tree?

7.  Describe the two types of criticism.  Lewis believes moral progress is possible, but how does it happen?



8.  Do you think it is possible to live a fulfilling life without values?

Copyright by Allyson Wieland (2015)