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The Magicians Twin ❰Reading❯ ➹ The Magicians Twin Author John G. West – Beloved for his Narnian tales and books of Christian apologetics bestselling British writer C S Lewis also was a perceptive critic of the growing power of scientism the misguided effort to apply scien Beloved for his Narnian tales and books of Christian apologetics bestselling British writer C S Lewis also was a perceptive critic of the growing power of scientism the misguided effort to apply science to areas outside its proper bounds In this wide ranging book of essays contemporary The Magicians eBook ¶ writers probe Lewis’s prophetic warnings about the dehumanizing impact of scientism on ethics politics faith reason and science itself Issues explored include Lewis’s views on bioethics eugenics evolution intelligent design and what he called “scientocracy”.

  • Paperback
  • 350 pages
  • The Magicians Twin
  • John G. West
  • English
  • 08 October 2014
  • 9781936599059

About the Author: John G. West

John G West JrDr John West is a Senior Fellow at the Seattle based Discovery Institute where he is Associate Director of Discovery's Center for Science Culture and Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs His current research examines the impact of Darwinian science on public The Magicians eBook ¶ policy and culture during the past century His other areas of expertise include constitutional law American government and institutions and religion and politicsDr West was previously an Associate Professor of Political Science at Seattle Pacific University where he chaired the Political Science department and he has taught political science and history courses at California State University San Bernardino and Azusa Pacific University From Dr West served as Managing Editor of Public Research Syndicated which distributed essays on public affairs to than daily and weekly newspapersDr West has written or edited numerous books He also has contributed articles to a wide range of scholarly and popular outlets including National Review Online FoxNewscom The Encyclopedia of the American Presidency Wake Forest Law Review Policy Review The Washington Times The Seattle Times The Seattle Post Intelligencer The St Louis Post Dispatch The Detroit News and The San Diego UnionDr West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Communications from the University of Washington He is a recipient of several academic fellowships including a Haynes Foundation Dissertation Grant an Earhart Foundation Fellowship a Richard Weaver Fellowship and a Chevron JournalismEconomics Scholarship Dr West is a member of the American Political Science Association Pi Sigma Alpha the national political science honor society and Phi Beta Kappa.

9 thoughts on “The Magicians Twin

  1. Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson says:

    Really fine book a collection of essays on various aspects of Lewis's view of scientism There are some jewels here

  2. Heather Heather says:

    While Lewis’s academic background involved studying the past he was an astute observer of modern culture Many have called certain of his works prophetic and indeed when one reads That Hideous Strength and The Abolition of Man one is tempted to double check the publication date In both of these works Lewis is able to show his reader why the humanities have died the differences between science and scientism and the conseuences of a society devoid of a common moral foundationThe Magician’s Twin is a series of essays in which various scholars have looked at Lewis’s views on science and scientism origins reason and society The essays reference Lewis’s works as well as private correspondence and book notes that have been made available but focus predominately on That Hideous Strength The Abolition of Man and MiraclesOverall this is fantastic book with excellent scholarship Perhaps most impressive is that these scholars do not attempt to put words in Lewis’ mouth They genuinely attempt to look at what Lewis wrote and analyze his viewsA couple of chapters to note include John West’s chapters on Lewis’s views on origins Chapters 1 6 and 7 Lewis holds a nuanced view that we would all be well served to analyze and emulate Unfortunately the current climate is such that this kind of nuanced view is impermissible Lewis’s views do not fall suarely within current labels He allows that God may have used a natural process like an evolutionary model but Lewis did not espouse a view concurrent with Charles Darwin’s non teleological view on biology Today evolutionary theory is so intertwined with Darwinism that it is difficult to talk about natural processes apart from the philosophy described in Origin of Species but at the time of Lewis’s writing this was possible One could observe evolutionary processes and make extrapolations based on those processes without having to assume biological systems arose by random chance Additionally Lewis did not assume purely naturalistic causes but that the supernatural could intervene in nature He believed in a literal Adam and Eve an actual fall as well as the possibility of supernatural events something that Darwinists do not espouseLewis specifies what it is that is not congruent with Christian belief Scientism He also makes a distinction between evolutionary processes science and evolutionism scientism Today these distinctions are often made by using the terms “evolution” for natural processes and “Darwinism” for the extrapolation of those natural processes to a creative role a philosophical position that assumes non teleology in biology Lewis’s careful thinking on the matter serves as a guide today for untangling the science and scientism knotAnother chapter of note was Jay Richards’ chapter on reason Lewis’s “argument from reason” exposes the inherent contradiction in using reason to conclude naturalism is true Key to this idea is that if we are merely matter chemistry and nature and there is nothing external to the physical world then how can we be certain that our reason is based on anything than chemical delusions? The Abolition of Man refuted relativism and Miracles exposed the problems with naturalism Richards unpacks Lewis’s refutation of naturalism and addresses current philosophers who have addressed this argument Finally Chapter 13 C S Lewis Scientism and the Moral Imagination by Michael Matheson Miller was particularly poignant to me Having received an excellent albeit humanistic and Enlightenment based education I imbibed relativism and logical positivism and was only made aware of my presuppositions later in life However even after studying science and philosophy it was difficult for me to pinpoint when and where it was that I learned these views Miller reminds us of Lewis’ writings on the matter Our education on worldviews begins in elementary school when we learn that anything that can be measured or observed is a fact while values are opinions It is such a subtle thing but those lessons symbolize the very nature of the post Enlightenment modern mindset a mindset that Lewis says is the conseuence of scientism Aesthetics and even ethics are relegated to the realm of opinion and by implication are irrational See how this is subtly doneDetermine whether each of the following is a fact or an opinion from page 3131 Mozart was born in Salzburg2 Mozart wrote beautiful music3 John Paul II was the Pope for over 20 years4 John Paul II was a good Pope5 Bell bottoms were popular in the 1970s6 Bell bottoms are coolMost of us have done an exercise like this before The answer considered correct in our scientism based training is 1 3 and 5 are facts while 2 4 and 6 are opinions By implication facts can be right or wrong but opinions are merely subjective But then when we get into upper grades we play the same game with complex issues Again we are supposed to discern fact from opinion usually in the form of a paper from page 3147 Murder is the intentional killing of an innocent person8 Murder is badAnd hence we have what Lewis calls “men without chests”

  3. sam tannehill sam tannehill says:

    This book is a collection of essays written on CS Lewis's works and arguments against totalabsolute trust in science The majority of Lewis' references are from the science fiction trilogy that he wrote but also from other works Lewis argued against Scientism that society should weigh its trust against science as a process and what discoveriesuestions it can and cannot answer The crux argument is that if science is a man made methodprocess towards discovery how far can our trust in that process be put if as science claims our minds are products of unguided evolution What if out minds are not cognatvie but pure matter and chemical process? Then is science of any real benefit to the mind's understanding of the universe and how accurate and precise are its descriptions of the contents and phsyical relationships within?Of course we trust the results of science to a certain extent Even when scientific findings overturn themselves and bring us to a new understanding So what does that tell us about our minds? Can we trust our knowledge and understanding? What limits are there to our understanding? If we can trust our minds then are they merely the combinations of physical matterchemical processes and the result of evolution?All these uestions get talked about in the essays within this great book And I would recommend follow on reading if you are interested Undeniable by Douglas Axe The uest for the Historical Adam by William VanDoodewaard

  4. Esteban Esteban says:

    A man ahead of his time An excellent insight into the thought process behind many of Lewis's works I found myself thinking over and again if only he could see now how right he was a book that every thinking lover of C S Lewis and his books should read

  5. James James says:

    Interesting read on C SLewis with emphasis on his argument from reason

  6. Justin P Sivley Justin P Sivley says:

    Read Lewis FirstI enjoyed the book but I think I would have gotten from it if I had read C S Lewis to begin with If anything I have been inspired to go and do just that read Lewis especially based on the last few chapters of this book The Abolition of Man

  7. Peter A. van Tilburg Peter A. van Tilburg says:

    Good book with clear vision on the limitations of empiric science which is very valuable but when we take it as the only source of truth the reality of life which included ao morality and beauty is jeopardised

  8. Richard Richard says:

    A mixed bag not of uality but of topics and approaches You may not be interested in all the chapters I wasn't but some interesting issues on Scientism etc are discussed Not for those adverse to intellectual straining

  9. Leila Bowers Leila Bowers says:

    From the parts I read one of the best treatments of Lewis' views on magic and science that I have come across There was nothing 'new' in here but many topics are discussed with skill insight and academic integrity from many strong strong contributors

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